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Responding to input from thousands of Portlanders, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced new measures to improve public safety and protect City parks as part of this one-year pilot program.
The E-Scooter Pilot Program starts April 26 and lasts until April 26, 2020. It follows a 120-day pilot program in 2018 that showed e-scooters have the potential to help reduce congestion and pollution. But the 2018 pilot also raised concerns about people riding e-scooter on sidewalks, in violation of state traffic laws, creating conflict with people walking and people with disabilities.
Following the pilot, PBOT will evaluate the program and engage the public to develop recommendations for permanent rules for shared e-scooter use for the City Council to consider.
E-scooters are an emerging technology and new mobility service. Like bike share and car share, the service provides a shared vehicle – in this case, a small electric-powered scooter – to rent for one-way trips. This new service makes use of an existing technology – the scooters themselves – and adds app-based technology that provides the ability to share the devices using a short-term rental business model.
To begin a rental, users unlock a scooter through the company’s smartphone app. Some companies offer a call or text service to unlock for those without smartphones. To end a trip, users park the scooter on the sidewalk close to the curb and out of the pedestrian travel zone. Many companies require riders to confirm they have parked the e-scooter correctly by submitting a photo through the company’s app in order to end their rental.
E-scooters are powered almost exclusively by an electric motor, after an initial kick-off to start the device.
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Portland's Shared Scooter Pilot is a part of Smart City PDX. Learn more at smartcitypdx.com.
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