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Denver unveils pilot program for electric scooters

Denver Public Works has come up with a plan to make dockless electric scooters legal in the city.

DENVER — Denver has laid out a plan to bring electric scooters back to city sidewalks.

Denver Public Works plans to test a one-year pilot permit program for dockless electric scooter companies like Lime and Bird.

The companies dropped hundreds of scooters around the city without Denver's approval about a month ago, but pulled them off the streets recently to work out a deal with the city.

With the new program, the city wants scooters set up at bus stops, light rail stations, and in low income neighborhoods.

Companies can apply for a permit which would allow up to 250 dockless scooters per operator –with the option for 100 more if the fleet agrees to stay in designated “opportunity areas.”

Denver Public Works also expects the companies to “rebalance” scooters to transit stops to ensure availability.

Scooters are still only allowed on sidewalks, and Denver Public Works asks that riders park them out of the right of way.

They also ask that riders avoid using them in bike lanes, parks, or along the 16th Street Mall.

Companies could start applying for permits on Friday.

Denver Public Works said it will require some turnaround time to review applications, so there’s still no current set date on when the scooters will return.

You can see all the details of the city’s pilot program below:

Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program Overview June2018 by 9news on Scribd


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