Three companies receive new Seattle scooter-share permits as Bird will join the flock on city streets – GeekWire

The three scooter manufacturers that shall be obtainable in Seattle, from left: Hyperlink, Chicken, and Lime. (Hyperlink, Chicken and Lime Pictures through SDOT)

The pilot section of Seattle’s scooter share program has reached the tip of the highway and three firms have been chosen to proceed placing their micromobility gadgets on metropolis streets, the Seattle Division of Transportation introduced Thursday.

After a evaluate course of, operation permits for 2022-23 have been issued to Hyperlink (by Superpedestrian), Lime and Chicken. The businesses shall be allowed to deploy as much as 2,000 electrical scooters every.

Chicken is a brand new entry within the combine. The corporate operates in additional than 400 cities and in keeping with SDOT, shall be bringing their latest third era of scooters to Seattle, which “provide a safer trip and longer battery life than earlier fashions.”

Chicken additionally mentioned it plans to convey its newly unveiled Chicken Visible Parking System (VPS) know-how to Seattle. Beforehand piloted in a handful of cities together with New York, San Diego and San Francisco, VPS is meant to assist with extra organized scooter parking and hold sidewalks clear.

Chicken scooters shall be a brand new entry within the mixture of scooter choices on Seattle streets. (Chicken Photograph)

Hyperlink and Lime already operated in the course of the pilot section, which noticed elevated adoption of the transportation possibility. Based on a latest report, 260,000 riders took over 1.4 million scooter journeys from October 2020 via September 2021.

Wheels and Spin additionally operated in the course of the pilot, however didn’t make the reduce for the brand new permits. SDOT mentioned the 2 firms could have a couple of weeks to wind down their operations and switch their fleets to different cities.

SDOT mentioned the allow evaluate course of featured “sturdy proposals” and that dedication to security, group engagement, and continuous enchancment, in addition to contemplating the wants of different individuals touring on streets, sidewalks, bike paths, and trails was thought of.

Lime, which has been upgrading its fleet, will proceed to supply pedal-assist electrical bicycles along with scooters. Veo will even proceed to supply their Cosmo e-bikes, and later this yr Hyperlink will start providing seated-style scooters along with the standing scooters.

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