CHICAGO (TOC) — Divvy e-scooters debut in Chicago Tuesday, and there is one thing that units this system aside.
For the primary time, they’ve made their method into the Loop, utilizing the identical docking stations which might be already used for Divvy bikes.
“We wish to present authorized construction in order that automobiles are the place they need to be and never impeding pedestrian visitors,” stated Divvy Normal Supervisor Tamara Conway.
Getting scooters out of the general public method was one of many largest classes discovered throughout the first time town trialed a shared scooter program again in 2019. The opposite was determining a strategy to cease folks from utilizing scooters on the sidewalks. Trace: you’ll be tracked and fined.
“The scooter can sign when it is on the sidewalk and it should not be. We’ll ship push notifications and ensure the particular person driving the scooter will get off the sidewalk,” stated CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi.
For now, shared scooters will probably be operational solely inside sure boundaries: Armitage to the north, Pershing to the south and from the lakefront to Damen.
“The scooters is not going to be allowed on the lakefront path, the Chicago Riverwalk,” Conway stated. They will simply cease rolling. You will have a couple of ft. It will not be abrupt.”
Town has granted Divvy a two-year license. Along with Divvy, three different corporations are receiving two 12 months licenses to function a shared scooter program in Chicago. Among the many situations imposed on them are that not less than 50% of scooters should be deployed in “Fairness Precedence Areas” on Chicago’s South and West Sides, and scooters might solely function between 5:00 a.m. and midnight.
“I really like Divvy. It takes me everywhere in the metropolis. It is type of like public transportation,” stated Katy Dehaven.
Greater than 200 Divvy stations will now accommodate each bikes and scooters in the identical docking stations.
For now, there are solely a small variety of e-scooters available. By the tip of the summer season, nonetheless, there could also be as much as 4,000 scooters distributed across the metropolis.
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