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Spin unveils navigation pilot to help users travel via bike lanes
Spin launched a new in-app navigation feature nationwide that will provide riders with the safest and quickest route options using available bike and micromobility lanes. Future iterations of the feature will include turn-by-turn navigation to help riders as they travel, and a component to advise that riders end their routes at a Spin Hub to ensure proper parking.
Scooter enthusiasm could be waning in Chicago
Chicago is one month into its second e-scooter pilot, but the results are already showing a few red flags, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Riders have taken 230,400 trips so far in this pilot, compared to 218,000 trips in the same time last year, amid a smaller scooter fleet and usage range. Additionally, the average number of trips taken per scooter is 1.42, compared to 4.76 last year.
Lime kicks off Seattle scooter program
After much anticipation, Seattle launched its e-scooter program this week which will welcome Lime, Wheels and LINK to deploy a collective 1,500 vehicles in the city.
Lime, which deployed 500 scooters this week, will host a training class to help first-time riders get comfortable with the new mobility option. The company also plans to expand it JUMP e-bike fleet citywide.
Omaha’s micromobility progress report
Omaha, NE’s second e-scooter program has nearly reached its halfway mark. This year, the average length of rides has increased to 20 minutes, compared to 15 minutes in the previous program, according to a Spin spokesperson.
The program also boasts no citations from the police department for rule-breakers, and no scooter-related injuries have been tracked, WOWT reports.
DC Council considers more rules for scooter program
The Washington, DC Council is considering news rules for local scooter-use, which could include a mandate for operators to ensure vehicles can be locked to a rack or other infrastructure at the end of a ride. The proposed rule to lock the devices is unpopular with the scooter industry but something that cities like Chicago and Denver already have in place.
Other rules would include preventing the vehicles from being deployed near schools, guaranteeing that the vehicles be available in all areas of the city, and providing clearer street signage about usage guidelines, The Washington Post reports.