Washington, DC

by Prince Of Petworth February 28, 2020 at 11:30 am 0


Sorry Lime (and Bolt and Bird and Razor.) Photo by Christen

From DDOT:

“Following the hearing officer’s review of appeals to the permit decisions for the 2020 shared dockless vehicle program, the following companies will be permitted to operate scooters in the District, effective April 1, 2020, contingent upon confirmation of their compliance with the 2020 Terms and Conditions, receipt of all necessary documents and permit fees: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm 0


Sorry Bolt

From DDOT:

“Today, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the next phase in the District’s dockless vehicle sharing program, allowing four permits to operate a total of 10,000 scooters and two permits to operate a total of 5,000 e-bikes in calendar year 2020. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 1, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

Please don’t tell this guy.

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) issued fleet expansion permits to dockless operators in the District of Columbia. With the new permits dockless operators will add up to 300 bikes and 435 scooters. As of May 1, 2019, a total of 4,935 dockless vehicles will be permitted to operate in the District. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm 0


courtesy UBER

From a press release:

“Today, Uber announces the launch of dockless electric scooter service JUMP in Washington, D.C. The addition of e-scooters brings another transportation option to the Uber app and helps create a one-stop-shop for riders, whether their destination is a few blocks, a few miles, or across town. JUMP scooters are electric, making it easier for riders to get around the city without breaking a sweat this spring.

The expansion of JUMP in the city is part of Uber’s commitment to bringing together multiple modes of transportation choices – offering safe, affordable options for first and last mile solutions. Free helmets will be distributed through Gearin’ Up Bicycles until May 7. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 27, 2018 at 10:45 am 0

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced a major step toward more equitable transportation options with a broad but incremental expansion of the dockless vehicle sharing program for 2019.

In 2019, DDOT plans to issue ten public right-of-way occupancy permits to operators of dockless bicycles or electric scooters. The 10 approved permits will allow up to 6,000 vehicles, which is a 2.5 times the maximum of 2,400 on the street today. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm 0

From DDOT:

“Today, Mayor Bowser’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) released the new permit application for the dockless vehicle program, which includes an expansion of the program beginning January 1, 2019.

“The new dockless permit requirements reflect the promise DDOT sees in this program to increase active transportation in the District, as well as the many valid concerns we heard from a wide range of stakeholders involving safety and equity,” said DDOT Director, Jeff Marootian. “With the new permit we are upholding Mayor Bowser’s commitment to fostering innovation and competition among the many operators in this space while also delivering the safest, most sustainable, and most efficient transportation options to District residents and visitors.”

The application lays out the District’s goals for the program, and includes detailed terms and conditions for companies that are intended to maximize the safety, equity and mobility of the program. The new requirements will apply to any company seeking to participate in the dockless vehicle sharing program in 2019. Permits issued during this period will be valid from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

After a review process, applications will be evaluated and DDOT will issue permits to qualified dockless vehicle operators.

Among the requirements for the 2019 program, participating companies must: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation today announced it will continue the Dockless Vehicle Program for bicycles and scooters in the District.

The existing program will extend through December 2018 with minor changes. DDOT plans further changes to the program in 2019, once new regulations are proposed and adopted this Fall.

“Mayor Bowser consistently challenges us to think creatively about transportation options for District residents, as we have done for this program. We have learned a tremendous amount about the viability and performance of dockless vehicles through this demonstration project,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “As we move forward with the program, DDOT will use the information gleaned from users, non-users, stakeholders and the participating companies to design long-term management policies that will allow the program to expand while maintaining the integrity and safety of our public space.”

From the start of the program in September 2017 through June 2018 users took more than 625,000 rides on dockless bikes and scooters. In May 2018 alone, more than 55,000 users took over 140,000 trips.

Phase I Extension

The Phase 1 extension will run from September through December 2018 and maintain the current cap on vehicles at 400 per company. One of the key new features is a requirement that dockless bikes must have a mechanism for bikes to lock to a bike rack or other post to maintain unobstructed pedestrian areas and prevent tipping. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 26, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

Denis writes:

“Looks like Ofo and Mobike are out for good, Lime bikes have been replaced by scooters, and there’s no Spin bike anywhere.

Looking at the aggregate map on Transit, all that’s left are Jump bikes.

Disappointing!”

Thanks to all who sent from the Washington Post:

“Ofo is the first of seven operators in the District to pull out of the city’s dockless pilot program amid growing tension between the industry and city government. Operators, including Ofo, have said the District’s restrictions on the number of vehicles they can operate have hindered their ability to effectively serve the entire city and make a profit.”

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