Mayor Mike Spano and Bird launched the state’s first shared electric scooter program in downtown Yonkers on August 10, 2020.

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On Friday, a fleet of pedal and electric bicycles for rent as well as electric scooters began to circulate in Rochester and the surrounding area.

The part micro-mobility program is a partnership between HOPR, the city and the regional public transport service.

In total, HOPR plans to place 500 shared vehicles in the community: 200 pedal bikes, 200 electric bikes and 100 scooters. Brighton, Brockport, Irondequoit, Pittsford, Fairport-Perinton and the University of Rochester campus are also included.

“A growing number of people in our region want more mobility solutions to choose from to reach the important destinations in their lives,” RTS CEO Bill Carpenter said in a press release. “Between the launch of this program and the launch of Reimagine RTS on May 17, our customers will have access to a public transport system that is safe, frequent, reliable, connected and integrated with new mobility options. “

Bicycles and scooters are placed in transit centers, parks, shopping malls and other key destinations.

To access and ride, as well as to access a map of locations, users must download the HOPR Transit app, available on iOS and Android. Runners are requested to park in the designated parking areas.

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Rental prices start at $ 1 to unlock and $ 0.15 per minute for pedal bikes and $ 1.25 to unlock and $ 0.27 per minute for electric bikes and scooters. Monthly passes – allowing one hour of travel per day with the pedal bikes – are available for a lower rate, starting at $ 10 per month.

The program will operate in the spring, summer, fall and will be closed for the winter season.

The state’s first electric scooter pilot program was launched in Yonkers last August.

Contact reporter Brian Sharp at [email protected] or 585-258-2275. Follow him on Twitter @sharproc. This coverage is only possible with the support of our readers.

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