City of Miami launches 6-month scooter rental pilot program

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The City of Miami on Thursday, Apr. 4, launched a six-month pilot program for motorized rental scooters in District 2, which includes Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown Miami, Edgewater and Morningside. Scooters will not be allowed in other parts of the city during the pilot period.

Six companies have applied to participate in the pilot program — Bird, Bolt, Jump, Lime, Lyft and Spin.

Each company will start with up to 50 scooters, which can increase or decrease according to rider demand and responsible operation.

The program also will generate funds for new bike lanes and street improvements in District 2, a priority of Miami City Commission chair Ken Russell, who represents the district.

“I’m in favor of many approaches to solving our traffic issues, particularly those that help fill the ‘last-mile’ gaps between neighborhoods and public transit,” Russell said. “This pilot program will allow us to safely test the scooters from both a mobility and a safety perspective. And we’re investing the proceeds back into our bike lanes, which is very exciting.”

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