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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 September 25, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0


Photo by Mahzad

From an email:

“In response to the death of scooter rider Carlos Sanchez-Martin, who was killed by an SUV driver on Friday in Dupont Circle, we’re planning a memorial ride for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. [Meet: Sonny Bono Park (corner of NH Ave & O St NW)
Wheels up: 5:30]

We are calling for:

– Protected infrastructure for scooters, bicycles & personal mobility devices (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 13, 2018 at 10:45 am 0

A reader reports:

“This morning, I was putting away the trash cans and I found this bird scooter stashed under under my deck in Petworth.

Looks like someone destroyed it…and then literally “gave me the bird”.”

Courtney asks:

“have you heard about e-scooters being hidden? I’m seeing it more and more, I suspect this is why scooters are often not where my app says they are.”

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 August 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0


Photo by Carl

“Dear PoPville,

I want to tell you about a near death experience I had while riding one of those electronic scooters.

I was riding up 14th in the bike lane with a green light ahead. As I was passing by Girard St, a mid sized car traveling the opposite direction came barreling down 14th St and without stopping took a left on Girard cutting me off. Just a second from a direct impact, I jumped off the scooter and fell to the ground, narrowly missing what could have been a fatal encounter. I’m scuffed up but the situation has me pretty shaken up.

Wondering if any your readers have had similar terrifying situations on these scooters? My hunch is that the driver never saw me due to the lack of light/size of me on a scooter vs the size of a bike.

Would you ride a scooter again if you were me? (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 2, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

From a Bird spokesperson:

“Bird announced it is helping commuters impacted by the Red Line shutdown in D.C. by setting up “nests” of electric scooters at the Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue metro stations.

Helping people get around town more easily is one of Bird’s top priorities. And with the 45-day closure of part of the Red Line, Metro riders need more options to ensure their commutes aren’t disrupted and they’re able to get to where they’re going without delays. (more…)

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