SDOT provides applications for scooter-sharing licenses to Lime, Link and Wheels
The Seattle Department of Transportation has selected three microcar companies to seek permission to participate in the scooter Sharing program approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
On Friday, Lime, Wheels and LINK's selection process came to life, attracting the attention of nine skateboard companies.Initially, the three companies will be allowed to operate up to 500 small scooters, while the number of each operator will be increased to 2,000.
"Scooters could be on city streets in the near future, depending on how quickly companies can complete license paperwork, hire local staff and prepare skateboard fleets," SDOT said in a blog post On Friday.
According to the agency, the companies applied were ranked by SDOT on programs based on security, fairness, access, affordability, technology and other important standards.Then select the highest-ranked app from three categories: permanent scooter company, seated scooter company, and companies that offer both bikes and scooters.
Here's more on the three finalists:
LINK ranks highest as a standing scooter option.
The Boston-based company was formed by the merger of Superpedestrian, founded by URBAN traffic experts at MIT, and Zagster, a long-term bike-sharing provider.
LINK has 250 small electric scooters in 35 states.
According to SDOT, the rugged scooter has the potential to reduce maintenance and safety issues, and Superpedestrian founder and CEO Assaf Biderman said he was honored to be part of Seattle's transportation system.
"We are encouraged by Seattle's commitment to the environment and its diverse communities, and are excited to work with New York City to expand access, replace car travel and reduce carbon emissions, while maintaining a high level of safety for riders and pedestrians," Peterman said in a statement.
"Advanced vehicle technology is critical to making all of this possible, and we're excited that this city values the more than seven years we've spent developing our groundbreaking LINK fleet. We're very excited."
Set up by brothers Jonathan and Joshua Viner, who also founded Dog's start-up, Wag, Wheels was voted the most convenient option because of its sit-mounted scooters.
Looking like a bicycle without pedals, the wheeled scooter has a larger wheel rim, suitable for the streets and weather of the asaki streets.The scooters will also have a built-in helmet with biodegradable hygiene pads that can be removed after each ride, so the helmet can be cleaned for the next customer.
Wheels operates in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Orlando, Vienna and Brussels.
Lime is known in Seattle as the operator of Lime green bike-sharing bikes, which have been in the city for two years.
As a company that also offers bicycles, that distinction led to its selection as a finalist in electric scooters.
Lime said last month that it plans to bring 2,000 JUMP bikes back to Seattle by the fall.
SDOT says it wants to assess the different types of travel encountered by each service, and how bikes and scooters can sustain each other financially and operationally.
Lime and Spin have joined King County in the White Center area, south of downtown Seattle, in a separate electric scooter pilot program.