Either way I say caption contest!
Thanks to Andy for sending from the Columbia Heights plaza: “The red tape around the scooter reads, “DANGER.”
UPDATE from MPD:
“MPD units responded to the 2100 block of 14th Street NW at approximately 8:20am this morning for the report of a crash involving a motor vehicle and a scooter. The investigation on the scene revealed that a passenger in the vehicle opened the driver’s side rear door of the car, striking the scooter who was traveling down the street. The operator of the scooter was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The operator of the vehicle was issued a notice of infraction for opening or permitting a door to open to traffic side.”
“looks like another accident involving a scooter at 14th & W NW. Might be because of the new speed limit on them? I hope everyone is ok!”
“Hannah reported: (more…)
I’ve been an avid scooter rider since they first started in DC. I ride them to-and-from work and on occasional short trips all the time. As long as there isn’t snow (yet!) or wet streets, they’ve been an efficient and affordable way to get around. However, I’ve noticed in the past few weeks that more scooters have a safety feature in place that prevents them from going above 10mph.
I heard about this policy being implemented, but did this piece really made it through? (more…)
“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…)
Photo by Henry Connelly
Not to be outdone by the ‘Bikeshare Beast’ spotted in October. Thanks to Henry for sending:
“Give this man a raise!”
Photo via Super Retro
hahaha awesome. Thanks to Jeff for sending. “Postmen on Autoped scooters, Washington D.C., 1917”
“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…)
Thanks to DVD for sending:
“looks like Lyft is into the scooter game. Any idea when this happened? Happy they beat uber into that space.”
Looks like they launched this morning.
Jordan McGillis also sends a shot this morning from 14th Street, NW:
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…)