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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Man on scooter fatally collides with SUV in Washington, DC
A man died last Friday in Washington, DC while riding a Lime scooter after colliding with an SUV, according to The Washington Post.
The Post reported that Carlos Sanchez-Martin, 20, of Silver Spring, MD, was dragged about 20 yards by the SUV and pinned underneath it. He was rescued by firefighters but died from his injuries in the hospital.
Bike safety advocates organized a “ghost ride” protest on Wednesday near where Sanchez-Martin was hit, calling for better road safety and improvements to traffic infrastructure.
Los Angeles convicts rider for 'scooting under the influence'
A 28-year-old Los Angeles man was convicted of a misdemeanor after riding a Bird scooter on a sidewalk while drunk and colliding with a pedestrian, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Nicholas Kauffroath was sentenced to three years of probation and a $550 fine, and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim and complete a DUI program. He was also ordered to stay off the scooters when drunk.
"Drinking while operating a vehicle, a bike — or a scooter — is not only illegal, but can lead to serious injury or worse," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement to the Times.
Pace pulls out of NYC neighborhood pilot
Pace said in a statement the drop in ridership from the end of tourism season caused it to depart the area, with its bikes scheduled to all be gone by Sept. 30.
But in its stead, the New York City Department of Transportation said, Lime will add more bikes to the peninsula for the rest of the pilot.
Dockless bike share pilot update: @pacebikeshare , which has provided #bikeshare in the Rockaways since July, has announced it will end operations this Sunday, 9/30. @limebike will remain & has pledged to increase its # of bikes on the peninsula for the rest of the pilot. https://t.co/okfvlbP8Ie— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 27, 2018
Nevada, Massachusetts cities end pilot programs
Small cities in Nevada and Massachusetts have decided they have had enough of dockless vehicles and will end their pilot programs.
The Lynn, MA City Council voted this week to end its program with Ant Bicycle and Lime in November after a four-month pilot, WCVB reports. In an interview, Councilmember Jay Walsh indicated dockless bikes could return next year if various kinks can be figured out.
Meanwhile, Sparks, NV City Council voted to let its pilot expire in January and not renew its contract with Lime, KOLO reports. That pilot program began in May.
"Lime is disappointed in the City of Sparks' decision to discontinue Lime services,” Lime said in a statement to KOLO. “The residents and users within the city have spoken in support of Lime en masse and we are dismayed we cannot meet that demand. Lime is dedicated to working with communities to provide sustainable, alternative methods of transportation and hopes to find a way to work with this city and its residents in the future."
After gaining some fame for testifying before the Los Angeles City Council on its proposed ban on house parties in some neighborhoods, comedians Chad Kroeger and JT Parr have turned their attention to dockless scooters.
In video posted early this month, the pair testified before the West Hollywood, CA City Council on the benefits of the scooters, where officials passed a ban earlier this year.
“In the short time I have used these scooters, they have come to impact my life hugely,” Kroeger said, going on to recount “traveling from poke shop to smoothie shop on these wonderful chariots.”
Parr, meanwhile, called for the city to “scoot us into the future,” and noted that riding the Bird vehicles has helped him through a tough relationship break-up.