Denver’s dockless scooter pilot program prompts permit applications from 7 companies

Soon there may be more than just the green and red scooters of Lime and Bird buzzing around Denver’s streets.

Since Denver Public Works launched its pilot program for “dockless mobility technology” last month, seven companies have applied for permits that would allow them to unleash their scooters in the city.

Those companies include Lime and Bird, as well as ride-sharing giant Lyft, and a few other familiar names: Spin, Razor, Skoot and Jump.

Lyft also submitted a permit application for bikes, alongside Jump, Zagster and Ofo. The company may also begin competing with Uber in the areas of bike and scooter-sharing, after Uber announced it was partnering with Lime.

Denver Public Works will grant permits to a maximum of five scooter-sharing companies and five bike-sharing companies. Each business will be allowed to release 250 scooters or 400 bikes in the city.

They can add 100 additional bikes or scooters to their fleets if they are released in “opportunity areas” including low-income neighborhoods.

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The city’s pilot program was announced after the city clashed with Lime and Bird for obstructing public sidewalks and streets and began removing scooters.

The companies then announced their intentions to comply with the city’s new program and began seeking permits.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Business


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