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Chicago’s second escooter trial shows riders are losing interest

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Chicago’s second e-scooter trial assured last week, with the city seeing a 22% drop in ridership compared to last year’s four-month trial.

In total, 640,000 trips were provided amid 12 August and 12 December by Bird, Lime , and Spin, the three firms accommodating in the trial.

During the antecedent four-month pilot that ran from 15 June to 15 October last year, riders took 821,000 trips in an area a division the size and with a division of the accessories provided in the 2020 pilot, according to the Chicago Department of Busline (CDOT).

Speaking about the drop in numbers, Sara Dodrill, Communications Manager, Spin told : “The communicable prompted assorted calm orders across Chicago over the course of 2020. As a result, the use of busline has been down across all modes of transit, not just e-scooters.

“Another major aberration amid the 2019 pilot and the 2020 pilot is the time of year when the pilot was executed. The 2019 pilot was agitated out during peak season for e-scooter transit, mid-June to mid-October. The 2020 pilot was delayed because of the communicable and missed two of our accomplished ridership months.”

In accession to this, CDOT also broadcast its Divvy bike scheme in the Far South Side adjacency in August with the accession of 3,000 new e-bikes.

Despite the abridgement in numbers, the city says changes in the second pilot have bargain pavement ataxia caused by abnormal parking, bargain the number of citizen complaints, and added access to shared e-scooters in equity antecedence areas on the South and West Sides.

The boilerplate trip length was also longer, up 14% on the antecedent year, and the city is now gluttonous acknowledgment from associates of the public through an online survey that runs until 7 January.

“Now that the second pilot is ambagious down, we invite the public to share their acknowledgment and help us appraise whether e-scooters make sense as a abiding part of Chicago’s busline system,” Gia Biagi, CDOT Commissioner, said.

“We want to hear from everyone, whether they were a scooter user or not. It’s important that we absorb acknowledgment from all across the city in our controlling as we go forward.”


One of the primary questions the city wanted to analyze in the 2020 pilot was whether e-scooters could finer advance advancement for association who face economic, health, mobility, or accessibility barriers, with admiral saying these issues took on added acceptation due to the busline challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The city appointed an equity antecedence area that included large portions of the South and West Sides, with each e-scooter vendor appropriate to deploy 50% of their accessories every day in antecedence areas.

Preliminary data appear that on average, 52% of all accessories were deployed to the areas, and each vendor’s boilerplate daily deployment absolutely exceeded the requirement.

This assorted acutely with vendor acquiescence in 2019, when firms deployed just 36% of e-scooters to antecedence zones.

In total, almost 160,000 rides – about a division of trips – took place in the equity antecedence area on the South and West Sides.

Parking compliance

Another cold for the 2020 pilot was the abridgement of abnormal parking of e-scooters on sidewalks, with appropriate regard for befitting a safe path of travel for association with disabilities.

To abode the challenge, Chicago appropriate that all e-scooters be able with a lock and anchored to a fixed object to end a ride.

Initial stakeholder acknowledgment and data adumbrated that e-scooter parking acquiescence bigger decidedly in the 2020 pilot, with a 79 percent abatement in complaints-per-day-per-device when compared to 2019.

“We are encouraged by the basic data we have seen from the second pilot,” Rosa Escareño, Business Affairs, and Consumer Protection Commissioner said.

“This pilot was advised anxiously and anxiously to test this new advancement option, and we are now going to work with stakeholders to thoroughly appraise the data to appraise whether e-scooters make sense for Chicago in the long term.”

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Appear January 8, 2021 — 09:04 UTC

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