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Weekly News Roundup in Micromobiliy

January 17, 2020

  • According to a reported released by Fox Business that Bolt took its scooters off the streets of a list of US cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Portland and Roanoke.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/lime-bolt-e-scooters-leave-markets

  • Lime is pulling its bikes out of Greater Boston while still remains its scooter-share business in the area.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/melrose/lime-putting-brakes-bikes-melrose

  • The first batch of e-scooters from Neuron Mobility have been deployed on Auckland’s streets, one of four providers given a licence after Lime and Wave lost theirs at the end of 2019. Neuron plans to roll out 880 e-scooters across Auckland.

https://channellife.co.nz/story/new-e-scooters-arrive-in-auckland-after-death-of-lime-wave

  • Lime launched weekly LimePass subscription in French on January 13 this Monday. This service costs 5.99 euros per week and the subscription takes effect as soon as payment is made and operates for 7 consecutive days without tacit renewal.

https://www.en24.news/2020/01/lime-scooters-launch-weekly-limepass-subscription-in-france.html

  • Uber is launching its”Jump by Uber”e-scooters in Auckland on Jan 14. some 735 Jump scooters will begin to be rolled out across the city. Its scooters will cost an industry-standdard $1to unlock then 38 cents per minute. Users will see a Jump option once they open its car-sharing app.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12300190

  • UBike is preparing to end its bike share service in May as usage has declined about 50% since the introduction of e-scooters to Charlottesville last year.

https://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2020/01/u-va-to-discontinue-bike-sharing-program-in-may-amidst-growing-e-scooter-competition

  •  Lime has established a new partnership with Bike Walk Kentucky with the goal of making Kentucky streets safer. Through their new Lime Hero program, riders can round up their trips to the nearest dollar. The extra cash will go to Bike Walk Kentucky.

https://www.lex18.com/news/covering-kentucky/lime-launches-safety-initiative-to-push-for-better-infrastructure

  • After publishing its first white paper examining regulations of dockless e-scooters, a Washington e-commerce group,NetChoice representing the likes of Google, Lyft Inc. and Airbnb Inc. said it expects to lean more into micromobility issues in 2020. the group will release its guidelines Tuesday on how city officials should approach e-scooters, including proposals related to scooter curfews, speed limits and geofencing.
  • Rachel Holt, the head of Uber’s electric scooter and bike rental business, Uber Jump, will step down to start her own venture.
  • Uber’s Jump has started its adaptive scooter pilot in partnership with San Francisco Bike Rentals. As part of the pilot, Uber is deploying two types of scooters, both with three wheels.
  • Lime announced that they’re pulling their bikes out of Quincy as they turn focus toward e-scooters instead.

https://www.wickedlocal.com/news/20200114/lime-to-pull-out-of-quincy-after-all-may-be-back-with-electric-scooters

  • DDOT will begin a second phase of shared moped accessibility, with revised terms,starting March 1 through Sept.30. Under the new terms, permitted companies would be allowed to operate a combined 600 vehicles. Meantime, Montgomery County, Maryland has extended its dockless e-scooter pilot program for an additional six months with three authorized scooter operators, Bird, Lime and Lyft.
  • E-scooter companies in San Francisco are beginning to offer new three-wheeled or seated models for people with disabilities. Lime, the first to introduce its new model last week in Oakland, will offer door-to-door service.

https://www.govtech.com/fs/transportation/Companies-Launch-Accessible-E-Scooters-for-Disabled-Users.html

  • The Howard County is developing a permit process that would allow e-scooter sharing companies to operate in public areas, including streets, sidewalks and bike lanes.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/howard/cng-ho-electric-scooters-howard-0116-20200116-dgcnq6u55jhuxgi6mfvvku7j3y-story.html

  • Bolt has raised €50 million (about $56 million) from the European Investment Bank to continue developing its technology and safety features, as well as to expand newer areas of its business, such as food delivery and personal transport like e-scooters.
  • Nearly 12% of Israelis use bikes, electric bicycles, and electric scooters on a weekly basis, according to a global public transport report released by Moovit.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3777899,00.html

  • St. Catharines is looking into whether it should launch an electric scooter program in the city. City staff will consult with various stakeholder groups and also do a comprehensive risk management analysis with the city’s insurance provider.

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9811263-council-notebook-st-catharines-studying-e-scooter-options/

  • The El Paso-based scooter company Glide is looking to expand its service to other cities. The company is seeing high ridership and profits while others are falling. Glide say the key is to work closely with city government from day one and don’t flood the city with too many scooters.

https://kfoxtv.com/news/local/glide-scooters-company-looking-to-expand-to-other-cities-outside-el-paso

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