Detroit scooters to increase, move into neighborhoods

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
A pair of Lime scooter customers ride Lime scootersfor near Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Detroit — City officials will allow more scooters on downtown streets and require scooter-sharing companies to deploy them in neighborhoods, officials said Wednesday.

The city's Department of Public Works has updated guidelines for the two-wheeled, electric transports, they said. The changes come after officials analyzed the first 10 weeks of the scooters' operation in Detroit.

Under the updates, each scooter-sharing company will be able to deploy 400 of the devices — up from the previous cap of 300. Two companies currently have scooters available in the city, Bird Rides Inc. and Lime. 

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In addition, the companies will be required to deploy 100 scooters in neighborhoods outside of Grand Boulevard. Officials said the city will work with the companies to ensure scooters are accessible throughout the city.

“Anytime we can bring the downtown experience into Detroit neighborhoods, I think it is a sign of overall growth for Detroit,” Councilman Scott Benson said in a statement. “This initiative is particularly important in a city where 33 percent of residents are without reliable transportation; this mobility option helps people get around neighborhoods with fun and ease.”

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