Mayor Jenny Durkan has seized security concerns and noted a Washington Post report that scooter-related emergency admissions have appeared in cities after scooter stocks hit the city
Just over a year ago, Seattle led the nation the first big city to open their roads for shared bicycles that needed no docking stations and could stand almost anywhere.
A year later, Seattle took the opposite route with similar technology that has proven to be more popular. Seattle has banned dockless scooter-sharing companies from the streets of the city, without knowing when or if scooters could join the city's transportation capabilities.
The scooter companies ̵
Both Lime and Bird, the two leading scooter companies, now operate in more than 100 cities. There are scooter stocks not only in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, but also in Portland, Tacoma and Spokane
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With the Alaskan Way Viaduct in January and Seattle toward perennial "maximum restriction" on the downtown streets, scooter companies and their boosters argue that they can offer a space-efficient, eco-friendly car (19659003 ) "The closure of the viaduct in January will be felt by all travelers," said Jonathan Hopkins, director of Commute Seattle, a non-profit organization that has signed contracts with the city. "Just like walking, cycling, transit and teleworking, scooters can be an effective tool to reduce car journeys, save space on the road and reduce congestion."
But the city does not have it.
The Seattle Department of Transportation said Scooter corporations said they had not been allowed to do business here until the city set up an approval program and that the city would not have a scooter approval program until they set up a permanent bike share program , 19659003] The bike share program was completed during the summer but nothing has changed on the scooter front.
Mayor Jenny Durkan has continued to ban scooter stocks in the city. Stephanie Formas, a Durkan spokeswoman, said the mayor had talked about scooters to other mayors across the country and would want to study other cities before trying them out here.
She explicitly quoted security concerns and noted a Washington Post report on scooters Emergency rooms have appeared in the cities after scooter stocks have entered the city.
Seattle's first year of stationless bicycle sharing had very few injuries, according to unpublished findings from the Harborview Medical Center, but electric bicycles were not yet available
and Seattle's law currently bans scooters from places where bicycles are used can drive – sidewalks and bike paths.
Gabriel Scheer, Director of Strategic Development for Lime, said the city was really concerned about safety, but he found that cars in the US kill about 30,000 people a year
"scooters, bicycles, e-bikes 'We should all try them out now, because we do not have many options that will continue to move through the city center,' said Scheer. "They will drive through traffic when cars are not."
Bird declined to be interviewed on the record, but said in a prepared statement that the company is "incredibly interested" in the possibility that they could help maximum limitation during Seattle's incoming time
The company has one so-called Ambassador program. It offers a free, personal scooter to a "limited group of people" in Seattle to "familiarize people with Bird".
Scooter stocks work much like the dockless bike stocks that have been in Seattle since last summer. You can find them on the street, unlock them with a smartphone app and drop them off to your final destination.
They're scooters (think Razor, not Vespa) with a small electric motor that maximizes at 15 mph they can go faster than this downhill.
Over the past year, they have been used in dozens of cities with great popularity, but also with appropriate pushback.
Lime, which operates scooter, bike and e-bike sharing, says scooters are by far the most popular. The company said that every time one of its standard pedal bikes is used, an e-bike is used more than twice and a scooter about five times.
Scheer of Lime said pedal bikes "make no sense" of the fees Seattle calculates the bicycle stock company to operate in the city ($ 50 per bike per year).
The company has recently raised prices for its pedals from $ 1 per 30 minutes to $ 2.50. Its application to the city, which was submitted in August, says it will switch 100 percent to electric bicycles in Seattle by early 2019. Stationary bicycle sharing in general turns out to be a weak business model. Ofo, the Chinese bicycle company, recently retired from almost every American market, including Seattle. Spin also took his bike stock from Seattle and now markets exclusively as a scooter company.
One reason commonly cited for scooter popularity: It's much easier in a suit or skirt to drive a stand-scooter than a bike.
Scheer said that anecdotally, they also found a large number of people who saw themselves as non-cyclists and therefore did not try the bicycles.
"We do not see that with the scooters," says Scheer. "There's something about it that appeals to other people, it just seems to attract more people."
"Easier than Uber"
Three people who saw me testing a Limes scooter on Occidental Square, a bit scary than I expected, but very easy to get the hang of it) stopped to listen ask if scooters came to Seattle.
Andrew Evans, 28, moved here from Nashville in February. On visits since then, he used Lime and Bird Roller to replace Uber rides. But he has not used cycling since he was here, and he has no plans for it.
"It's easier than Uber," Evans said about the scooters. "More comfortable than riding a bike."
But the scooters have thrown up hackles in cities where they operate, especially in places where companies invade and scooters on the street without permission.
Nashville, Tennessee, sends Bird an injunction earlier this year, accusing the company of using public walkways without permission. The city has passed legislation that allows scooters to return.
A similar scenario occurred in San Francisco, where the city ordered the scooter companies to find a solution for wrongly parked scooters, and then shut them down. The city has since reopened its streets for scooters, but Bird, Lime or Spin could not return after the three companies opened their stores without permission.
Closer to their hometown, Portland, Spokane and Tacoma have launched pilot programs over the past two months that include scooters sharing.
Tacoma has a mix of 250 e-bikes and scooters in its 60-day pilot. Tacoma city councilor Ryan Mello said the city had not given much thought to distinguishing between motorcycles and scooters, even though it was more popular with scooters.
"We look forward to trying it out," Mello said.
Spokane is conducting a two-month pilot program with 200 bicycles, electric bikes and scooters.
After just over two weeks, each pedal wheel rode on average. E-bikes were ridden four to eight times a day, three to six times a day, according to lime data forwarded by the city.
Each scooter was ridden nine to 16 times a day.