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Wichita launch scooter share program

July 15, 2019 - 11:07 am
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Wichita chose Zagster for its familiarity with the city and the ongoing success it has had with the bike sharing program, which is funded through donations by Wichita Community Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. As of June 2019, the program’s 13,000 members had taken 32,000 bike trips. The existing operational capabilities established for the bike share program can be easily adopted to the new scooter program and Zagster has hired nearly 30 local employees to manage and operate all aspects of the scooter program.

“We are thrilled to be bringing scooters to the city of Wichita. We have enjoyed a great working relationship with the city since 2017 and we are already a part of the Wichita community. With these additional options we hope to provide more opportunities for local residents to leave their cars at home,” Dan Grossman, CEO, Zagster, said. “The people we have hired know and reside in the city. Coupling the right people with best-in-class software that serves the needs of every micro-mobility operations team, we are able to provide unmatched operational expertise to cities and have been able to accelerate deployment times and efficiency gains for the communities we serve which have lead to rapid adoption and utilization.”

While Zagster will handle all operations for the program, the scooters will be provided by Spin, the e-scooter startup backed by Ford Motors. Wichita residents and visitors will be able to rent scooters from multiple stations around the city. It costs $1 to unlock a scooter and 15 cents per minute to ride.

The first rentable electric scooters were deployed in Wichita today and Mayor Jeff Longwell and members of City Council used the opportunity to urge residents to enjoy these alternative modes of transportation in a safe manner.

The scooters were also taken out for a spin following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of Main and 2nd streets.

Mayor Jeff Longwell reminded residents that last month an ordinance was put in place that prohibits these shared scooters from being operated on the sidewalks.

“Scooters should be enjoyed between sunrise and dusk and should be ridden on the streets and whenever possible, in bike lanes and multiuse paths,” Longwell said. “And of course, we encourage all riders to wear a helmet and drive responsibly.”

Scooter renters must be at least 18-years-old and only one person can ride on the scooter at a time.  Intoxicated drivers of rented scooters who are deemed a hazard by the police are subject to a fine of $500 and a maximum of six months of jail time for each offense.

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