Bn day, you’ve probably seen several people crisscrossing Pittsburgh on bright orange scooters. And if you haven’t, you will soon – the city is working to increase the number of electric scooters to 1,000 in the coming months.
The recent fleet of commendable Spin Scooters is part of Move PGH, a two-year program stemming from the Pittsburgh Mobility Collective, a collaboration between the city and several transport services.
Officially launched on July 9, Move PGH aims to make boating in Pittsburgh more affordable and easier for everyone, especially those who don’t have a car. The program is the first in the country to provide real-time information on multiple modes of transportation – Port Authority buses, Spin scooters, Healthy Ride bikes, Waze Carpool, Zipcar and Scoobis services – through a single app: Transit.
Anyone 18 and over can locate the Spin Scooters available in Pittsburgh by download the Transit app free; they can rent them for a starting price of $ 1 plus 39 cents per minute. Low-income passengers can request cheaper fares through the Access to rotation program.
A week after the city made the Spin Scooters available to the public, Lolly Walsh, director of Move PGH, said there had been “growing pains.”
“Last week we addressed various concerns from residents and just made an effort to make sure people have the knowledge to drive safely, with care and consideration, and also to park scooters in a way that they don’t obstruct the sidewalk or make it more difficult for the rest of the street users in our city, ”says Walsh.
Scooters, which are only permitted on the streets of Pittsburgh with speed limits below 25 mph and on bike lanes, must be parked in legal parking areas or next to bike racks. But some users have ignored this rule. On Friday morning, Walsh said there had been around four complaints about electric scooters, which came in via Twitter and Spin’s emergency number.
A complaint on Twitter involved four Spin Scooters left on a bike lane – a risk to bikers who might not see them until it’s too late. Another complaint came from the city’s acting director of transportation, who called Walsh about a set of scooters that needed to be moved. Walsh then called Spin, who she said had them removed in half an hour.
Hello, @BikePGH @PghDOMI @ridespin. On my way to work this morning, I came across four of these scooters parked on the Penn & 16th protected cycle lane. Will this be the norm since the city signed the agreement with these scooter companies? I almost collided with them. pic.twitter.com/yyiIVxRpey
– Marylee Williams (@marylee_will) July 13, 2021
“We have to make sure that all scooter riders know how to park them,” Walsh said. “It has always been one of the biggest concerns. “
To create spaces reserved for scooters, Move PGH has signed a contract with Land force, a construction and land maintenance organization to install more than 100 “scooter corrals” at the end of the streets. The corrals, smaller than a parking space, will serve as a designated location for scooters and bikes that users can find through the Transit app.
Walsh says the plan is to have the ground corrals by August, especially in areas with high pedestrian activity. In the meantime, the guidelines will be reinforced with temporary signs, although she doesn’t think it will be as effective as setting up scooter corrals.
“From what we’ve heard from all these other companies, nothing like [a scooter corrals] exists, ”says Walsh. “Several cities have very little interaction with municipal government to define how these should be deployed, and Pittsburgh has approached the issue in a completely different way. “
Besides the scooter corrals, the main place to park Spin scooters is one of the 16 “mobility centers” already set up throughout the city. Specific locations for mobility hubs, which have been placed in neighborhoods ranging from the North Side to East Liberty, can be found on the Transit app. According to Walsh, each of these hubs will have scooter charging stations, real-time transit information, and coordinate with other transportation services at neighboring hubs.
In total, Move PGH plans to install at least 50 mobility centers across the city, although this depends on several factors including zoning restrictions and community approval. While Walsh did not give a specific timeline for the completion of the additional hubs, she said 10 of them are currently in the final stages of completion.
No matter where the scooters end up in Pittsburgh, Spin, who hires a local workforce, will bring them back to the mobility centers at the end of each day to make sure they’re loaded and ready to go. leave for commuters the next day.
“At the start of each day, all the spaces where the mobility hubs are located are full,” says Walsh. “So if you count on one out there, you can find it.”