Note: This blog post was written (and the policy was adopted) before the District announced its pilot program for shareable electric mopeds. When we’re talking about scooters here, we are referring to the lightweight, low speed, personal mobility devices, not mopeds.
The short version:
WABA supports electric shared scooters as a transportation option in the Washington region.
Scooters provides a low-emission, affordable and on-demand travel option and an alternative to private or shared cars.
WABA will, of course, continue to advocate on behalf of the bicycling public. The infrastructure needs of people riding scooters are closely aligned with the needs of folks on bikes. Our goal is to improve the conditions and safety for everyone who walks, bikes, and scoots throughout the region, and this policy will help us decide future policy positions and advocacy work.
As with bicycling, we encourage lawful, neighborly scooter riding.
Electric scooters joined the transportation landscape in a big way less than two years ago. The two-wheel, battery-powered scooters are available for rent via a mobile app. Companies such as Spin, Lime, Bird, Bolt, Lyft, and Skip are currently offering scooter sharing services in DC and Arlington while looking to expand the dockless service into other local communities.
The growing availability of scooters presents many possible benefits and creates potential concerns. WABA is developing an organizational position on scooters and we would like your input.
Please share your thoughts and feedback about scooters via our short survey. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and helps us better understand the community’s thoughts about this new mode of transportation. WABA will use the input from the survey and other research to develop a position on scooters that will inform future advocacy, outreach and education efforts.
It’s important for us to share that our corporate partners do include companies that offer scooter services. Lime, Spin, JUMP, Bird and Lyft are corporate supporters of WABA or sponsor events. This survey was not developed in coordination with any corporate supporter of WABA, scooter company or otherwise. The board and staff will developed the organizational policy regarding electric scooters independently from corporate partners or sponsors.
Thanks for providing your input and please share the survey with your network.