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UPDATED: March 27, 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 pulled its scooters out of the Utah cities of Provo and Orem Bird pulls its scooters out of Richmond, VA UNC Charlotte welcomes new Gotcha scooters on campus Lime bikes will not return to Spokane, WA Spin is the only scooter operator left standing in San Francisco Lyft stops scooter service in Miami

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Off the Map

Lyft offers free rides to essential workers 

Lyft is providing free or discounted bike rides on its docked city systems to individuals in New York, Chicago and Boston who are working during the pandemic. The company is also adding to its cleaning and sanitization practices for the vehicles, according to the Verge. 

Citi Bike is offering about a month-long membership to New York residents who work in various essential service industries; Divvy is providing free bike rides to health care workers in Chicago through April 30; and Bluebikes is offering a free 30-day membership to hospital workers in Boston. 

Lime to consider another round of layoffs amid falling revenue

Lime might lay off 50 to 70 people primarily based in San Francisco as the company’s revenue drops during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest layoff considerations follow a previous round of layoffs that occurred about three months prior as the company worked on a "path toward profitability," the San Francisco Business Times reported. 

Dallas City Council approves stricter e-scooter regulations amid a shrinking fleet due to COVID-19

The Dallas City Council has approved stricter regulations and larger fees for its thousands of e-scooters amid a period of uncertainty as some of the vehicles have been removed due to COVID-19. Ojo and Lime are two operators that have temporarily removed their vehicles. Less than half of the city’s 13,000 scooters remain that were available before the pandemic, DallasNews.com reports.  

Richmond, VA loses Bird e-scooters, but Bolt remains for now

Richmond, VA is also seeing fewer scooters on its streets because of COVID-19. Bird has suspended service in the city indefinitely. The city’s only other operator, Bolt, has said it will remain available for residents, with staff cleaning the vehicles daily, Richmond.com reports. 

Divvy bike trips experience 26% increase in rides

Divvy bike trips in Chicago reached 82,112 rides from March 1 to March 11, a more than 100% increase from the same time last year. That rate has since leveled off, Streetsblog Chicago reported, but the number of bike trips from March 1 to March 19 still saw a nearly 26% increase compared to the same time last year. 

Uber sues LADOT

Uber-owned Jump has sued the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) over its Mobility Data Specification (MDS) that requires micromobility operators to report real-time trip data. 

Uber argues MDS is a violation of customer privacy. "LADOT could gather detailed information about a person, such as where they live and work, where they go for social or romantic interactions," the company’s complaint writes. 

The lawsuit is the latest in an ongoing battle between LADOT and Uber. The transportation agency is likely to file a response soon.