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New York City plans to launch an electric scooter rental program in March 2021

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Years after electric scooters were launched in cities across the United States, its largest city finally joined the program.

The New York City Department of transportation issued a request on Friday to "express interest" (excluding Manhattan) in a pilot program to share electric scooters from March 2021.

For years, the city has boasted about the largest sharing bike project-Citi Bike (run by LYFT) , but it has been unaffected by the price battle between station sharing bikes and scooters. Many fleet operators across the country are expected to apply by the December deadline.

New York City plans to launch an electric scooter rental program.

New York City plans to launch an electric scooter rental program in March 2021

Lime, Bird, Superpedestrian, Ford owned Spin and European company Voi, all said they wanted to apply. LYFT did not make comment. Other operators may also plan to participate.

Maurice Henderson, head of Bird's government partnership, said in a statement: "we appreciate the key next steps taken by the city's government and Commissioner, which makes New York a global leader in micro transportation, fair transportation and street safety."

"We are happy to work with New York City to develop a world-class electric scooter program that places safety, access and equity first," said Phil Jones, head of government relations at the company. "As New Yorkers look for new ways to travel, electric scooters will provide an ideal choice for those who want to travel in New York City and stay far away from society."

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