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Weekly News Roundup in Micromobility

March 13, 2020

This is our micromobility roundup where we curate the latest news and developments in this week (Mar.9 to Mar. 13). Let’s take a look!

  • Tallahassee Reports said that at their March 11 meeting, the City Commissioners will vote on introducing an ordinance amending the City’s e-scooter program. The proposed ordinance would provide rules and regulations applicable to all participants of the micro-mobility device program in order to protect health, safety, and welfare.
  • Helbiz announced major jersey sponsorship deal with Miami FC. As part of this deal, Helbiz and Miami FC will focus on enriching the lives of Miami’s residents and encouraging a more sustainable, affordable and safer way to travel around Miami.
  • Wunder Mobility announced the official launch of its carpooling product in North America.
  • Block Club Chicago announced that the city would like to have lockable scooters in the next scooter pilot and cut down the number of companies participating.
  • When Bird scooters come out of hibernation this spring, scooters from Midwest-based company VeoRide will join them and Limes on the streets and sidewalks of Bloomington.
  • Five e-scooter firms won approval to operate in Arlington County, but others currently operating in Arlington were told until they have until this Sunday to clear out. Lyft and Spin, which as of Tuesday still have scooters on Arlington streets, had their permit applications denied.
  • With Lime scooters set to return to the city of Spokane next week, the city is considering action that would make it easier to fine people who use them improperly.
  • Veo hopes its new, seated Cosmo scooter model can help set it apart as Chicago draws up plans for that second round of pilot.
  • The popular wheels app Lime has delayed the spring debut in Spokane of its scooters and bikes, citing the potential for wintry weather over the weekend.
  • The Ames City Council shot down a proposed pilot program during Tuesday’s meeting after hearing the results of a research project on other cities with scooters.
  • In a boost to the Make in India initiative, Indian automaker Bajaj Auto will start making affordable electric scooters for Bengaluru-based electric mobility service startup Yulu.
  • This week, representatives from the City of Peachtree Corners with tech startup Tortoise announced the company would be introducing a small fleet of e-scooters that can drive themselves.
  • Driven by a determination to tackle air pollution and traffic congestion in London, Elka e-scooter entrepreneurs call on government for law changes.
  • Latin American micro-mobility solutions company Grow Mobility has been sold to the Mountain Nazca investment fund (owner of Brazilian e-commerce website Peixe Urbano) and other Latin American companies for an undisclosed price.
  • Portland-based micromobility startup Ride Report just closed a $10 million round led by Unusual Ventures  to better facilitate relationships between cities and operators.

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