Feel like you're caught in a frenzy of dockless bike- and scooter-share news? Us too. In Dockless Digest, Smart Cities Dive will round up the most important (and sometimes bizarre) news and trends affecting the dockless phenomenon to keep you up-to-date
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Los Angeles to enforce moratorium outside pilot area
Los Angeles seems to be applying the brakes on its pilot of dockless bikes and scooters, according to StreetsBlog LA. Starting next week, the city will begin enforcing a moratorium on bike and scooter use outside of its designated pilot area. LA City Council is set to vote on citywide regulations at its Aug. 28 meeting.
Cleveland considering new rules
Cleveland is set to get the ball rolling on new regulations, less than two weeks after it ordered Bird to remove its dockless scooters, according to Cleveland.com.
In a statement, Mayor Frank Jackson said the city will establish rules and then a competitive bidding process. Bird agreed to remove its scooters, and told Cleveland.com it pledges to "collaborate with the city on their permitting process."
Boise, ID City Council sets regulations ahead of arrivals
The Boise City Council has tried to get out in front of the arrival of dockless bikes and scooters by setting regulations for their use ahead of time, the Idaho Statesman reports.
A maximum of 750 dockless bikes and scooters would be allowed in the city under the new rules, while no single operator can have more than 250 bikes, scooters or e-bikes, or less than 50.
Craig Croner, Boise’s administrative services manager, told the Statesman a minimum means companies don’t use the city as a testbed for new technologies, while a maximum prevents sidewalk clutter.
Nice Ride coming to Minneapolis
Minneapolis’ docked bike-share system Nice Ride will add 1,500 dockless bikes to its fleet, according to WCCO and others. Nice Ride Executive Director Bill Dossett told WCCO the app will show appropriate parking places for the dockless bikes, and will also fine users if they do not leave a bike in a proper place after use.
The dockless bikes are set to roll out next month in Minneapolis.
“My car stays parked because I take a Nice Ride to work every day.” (And to Bde Maka Ska on the weekends, too. We love hearing stories from our Nice Riders.) #bikecommute https://t.co/Vl1tpMKHJO pic.twitter.com/5UuGdnhBPy— Nice Ride MN (@NiceRideMN) August 23, 2018
Washington, DC getting more scooters
San Francisco-based dockless company Spin is set to remove its bikes and replace them with scooters in Washington, DC, according to The Washington Post.
Brian No, Spin’s head of public policy, told The Post that “demand for scooters is 10 times more than for bikes,” hence the change. DC is set to end its dockless pilot at the end of August and release new regulations.
Video shows Bird scooters being vandalized in Baltimore
The video surfaced less than a week after Mayor Catherine Pugh unveiled the dockless program, which has been seen as a replacement for the shuttered Baltimore Bike Share program.
Chinese company ofo may have rolled out of DC forever due to what it deemed too-strict regulations on dockless bikes and scooters, but residents can buy a piece of history for themselves this weekend.
The Velocity Bicycle Cooperative in the suburb of Alexandria, VA, will be selling 172 of the used bikes for $100 each, while hundreds more have been donated to local cycling groups.