Behind the Springs: Electric scooters are here!

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Jump on an electric-scooter (e-scooter) for an enjoyable ride downtown! 

We’re talking with the Planning & Mobility Director at the Downtown Partnership about what the pilot program means for our city, why e-scooters are a great option, how the city and partners have planned for this new mode of transportation … AND of course, how much fun they are!

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More about e-scooters

It's important to know before you go! Make sure you know how to ride, rules including no-ride zones and parking, and additional details regarding the pilot program.

 

The City is excited to bring a new form of mobility to residents and visitors alike in a yearlong pilot program, partnering with two vendors, Lime and Veo.

E-scooters are small and agile, perfect for getting around town quickly. A few of the benefits gained from e-scooters are increased vitality within the City, ease of use, transportation cost savings, and providing a more sustainable and eco-friendly mobility option.

Riders may expedite their commute when utilizing public transport, operating eco-friendly e-scooters for the first or last portion of their trip.

How to ride

Their easy to use platforms are accessed through mobile devices between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Simply download the app, scan the QR code, and go. But first, know the rules!
  • Obey all traffic laws - Obey all traffic laws including stop signs, traffic lights, signaling turns and following the direction of traffic. Riders may be ticketed for violating traffic laws.
  • Ride in the bike lane or to the right of street lanes - On streets with a speed limit over 35 mph, scooters may be ridden on the sidewalk
  • Slow zones - Scooters may be configured to limit speeds in higher density areas that are not safe at 15 miles per hour.
  • No-ride zones - E-scooters will stop working in designated no-ride zones, including sidewalks in high pedestrian areas of Downtown and Old Colorado City, streets over 35 mph, parks and trails.
  • Park responsibly – Park in designated areas only while in Downtown or Old Colorado City. Don’t obstruct walkways or traffic.  Park scooters up-right and out of the way.
  • No riders under 18
  • No sharing - Only one rider on a scooter at a time.
  • Don’t drink and ride! - Never ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Helmets strongly encouraged!
  • See more safety tips on the company websites

About the pilot program

This program supports the City’s Comprehensive PlanA comprehensive plan is a guiding document that provides a framework for city policies and priorities regarding the physical development of the city. It is a long-range vision of what we want our city to become and is a tool for making decisions about how that vision should be achieved. It outlines strategic steps to make the vision a reality and provides targeted and strategic planning of the physical development of the city. goal to “multimodally connect people and land uses throughout the city and region.” The pilot program will focus on determining the potential demand for e-scooters, the benefits to our community and any potential impacts.

Many larger cities have e-scooters as a viable transportation option, creating opportunity for thorough due diligence in the proposal review completed by the City. The team searched and selected e-scooter sharing operators based on program management, safety standards and regulations, and impacts to the community.

Both companies will also provide funds to offset any potential local expenses and for the construction of multi-mobility infrastructure. The City will consider expanding the program based on the success of the pilot program.

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