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UPDATED: April 3, 2020

Mapping the impact of dockless vehicles

Feel like you're caught in a frenzy of dockless bike and scooter-share news? Us too. In this weekly round-up post, Smart Cities Dive will update our interactive map to reflect the cities that are welcoming (or opposing) the growing shared mobility phenomenon, and will highlight the top dockless headlines from across the country.

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This week's map updates

Spin temporarily pulls out of all but 8 cities Bird and Lime pull scooters out of Detroit, Denver Orange County, FL bans e-scooters and e-bikes Cincinnati orders a temporary shutdown of scooter operations Bird reduces its fleet size in Cleveland, OH and Austin, TX

Click here to download the data from our dockless vehicle map.

Off the Map

Bird lays off 30% of workforce 

Last week, Bird laid off 406 employees over a Zoom webinar that lasted two minutes, the Daily Beast reports.The employees represented 30% of the company's workforce of 1,387 people.

Bird is providing the laid off employees with four weeks of pay, three months of health coverage and about a year to "exercise their stock options," TechCrunch reports. 

New York State legislature legalizes e-bikes, scooters 

The New York State legislature approved a policy proposal on Thursday to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters statewide as part of a larger fiscal year budget bill. The approval signals the end to a years-long debate about the need for the mobility alternative, during which many delivery workers were penalized for riding the bikes.

Previously, the New York Police Department could fine individuals $500 for riding bikes that achieved speeds of up to 25 mph, The Verge reports

Health care workers can take free Spin 

To aid in the fight against coronavirus, Spin will offer free rides to health care workers in Baltimore, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tampa, FL, Portland, ​OR and Washington, DC. The 30-minute ride promotion will run through April 30.

Uber, Lyft sued for scooter, bikes disproportionately affecting disabled groups

Uber, Lyft and two California cities are among the subjects of a proposed lawsuit alleging disabled groups are "disproportionately affected by the presence of electric scooters and bikes," Bloomberg Law reports. The woman who filed the lawsuit relies on a wheelchair, and claims Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA residents with disabilities are worried about injuries from the vehicles.

Washington, DC ramps up cleaning practices of dockless vehicles 

Washington, DC's Capital Bikeshare is disinfecting a bike every time its returned to the bike depot in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The company has also closed its stations near popular areas like Tidal Basin and National Mall to promote social distancing.

The city's other dockless operators like Spin, Lyft, JUMP and Helbiz are also adding to their regular cleaning practices, according to WTOP