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Weekly News Roundup in Micromobility

March 20, 2020

Check out the micromobility new in this week.

  • Citing concerns about safety, obstruction and potential impacts on its neighboring cities, the Hermosa Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to extend its existing ban on dockless shared mobility devices, including the popular Bird scooters, for another year. | Easyreadernews
  • A new study, titled “Vroom or Bust: Towards a Chicago E-scooter Strategy in 2020 and Beyond,” said that Chicago’s dockless scooter pilot came up short on Black and Latino ridership. | Streetblog
  • Montreal has ended its trial run with e-scooters, and the results have been anything but pretty. The Canadian city noted disorderly parking and disobeyed traffic regulations as marking the end of its e-scooter experiment. | Ridetech
  • A deadlocked vote at Tuesday’s Ames, Iowa, City Council meeting will now shelve a pilot program that would have developed a one-year dockless, pay-to-use e-scooter program throughout that community. | Govtech
  • The UK’s Department for Transport announced a new consultation into exploring new transportation modes that include e-scooters and e-cargo bikes, as well as bringing the on-demand model (popularised by services like Uber) to buses and other public transport alternatives, and using drones for medical deliveries. Alongside this, it announced funding of £90 million ($112 million) for three new Future Transport Zones to trial these new services. | Techcrunch
  • Lime is in the process of upgrading its scooters globally so they respond more quickly to operational requirements inside geofenced zones. | Govtech
  • Lime said via new release that about 200 scooters returned to Roanoke streets Monday after a winter hiatus, with plans to add up to 100 more. | Roanoke
  • The city of Eugene is one step closer to getting electric scooters on the streets after the City Council voted to authorize a pilot program on Feb. 26. The program could start as soon as this summer. | Dailymerald
  • Pure Scooters is set to rebrand as Pure Electric as it broadens its proposition from scooters to wider micro-mobility solutions and open 11 shops across the UK. | Bikebiz
  • Electric scooters will be allowed on public roads for the first time under a Department for Transport proposal which will consult on the rules required to allow the new technology to operate safely, the government has announced. | Theguardian
  • Lime and Bird are suspending their services in dozens of cities across Europe and beyond as demand plummets amid coronavirus outbreak. Lime is also removing its scooters and bikes from the streets in large swaths of the US and Canada. No date was scheduled by either company for their return. | FT
  • VeoRide has introduced 250 new electric scooters to their micro mobility fleet serving the UA campus and Fayetteville. VeoRide has introduced 250 new electric scooters to their micro mobility fleet serving the UA campus and Fayetteville. | Uark
  • Miami-Dade County is temporarily banning rentable e-scooters and other means of common-use transportation, including mopeds and bicycles. | Sun-sentinel
  • Bengaluru-based bike-sharing and rental startup Bounce has reportedly laid off around 120 employees, most of whom were from mid to senior-level hierarchy as a cost-cutting measure. | NDTV

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