Bike and scooter sharing companies implemented new cleaning measures during the coronavirus outbreak
On a normal day, thousands of people use shared bikes and electric scooters to visit Washington, D.C. and the suburbs.
Passenger Numbers fell as concerns about coronavirus prompted orders to be available at home for the foreseeable future.Still, the companies say they will continue to operate normally for the time being.
Following guidelines from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two companies have revised their cleaning and disinfection programs and added new safety guidelines.
Here is a summary of some of the work done by Shared transport providers during a coronavirus outbreak:
Every time the bike is returned to the company's warehouse, Capital Bikeshare disinfects the high-contact surface.Clean the bikes at docking stations, especially at high passenger stations.
Transport vehicles are disinfected at the beginning of each shift.In addition, Capital Bikeshare has temporarily closed many stations in the tidal basin and around the National Mall.
Helbiz, a newcomer to DC, is implementing a cleaning program similar to Capital Bikeshare, adding that it is taking all security measures to ensure the safety of its employees.
Uber's (Uber) JUMP operates both bike and scooter-sharing services in Washington, d.c.The company says it has increased the frequency with which employees clean bicycles and scooters.Uber said it would also disinfect all JUMP vehicles entering or leaving the warehouse.
Workers handling JUMP vehicles often wear gloves and wash their hands.We will be vigilant during the cleaning process, but we also encourage riders to clean the handles of the vehicle before and after use (for example, by wiping them with disinfectant), "Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick said in a statement to WTOP.The company urged as many people as possible to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lyft scooters are disinfected every time a trucking vehicle is available and the scooter is parked for charging.Staff should always wear gloves when cleaning and disinfecting.
Skip, which runs Shared scooters, says it follows health guidelines from the CDC, the World Health Organization and local authorities.
Spin has increased the frequency with which fleets of scooters are disinfected, with special emphasis on the masts and handlebars.The work space inside Spin is cleaned daily.
In addition, to help health care providers get in and out of health care facilities, Spin provides 30 minutes of free biking and free helmets for qualified health care workers through April.