In early 2020, the Seattle Department of Transit released its “Year End Scooter Share Update“, which highlights the city’s progress towards the launch of its scooter share pilot, slated for Spring 2020. The report details the city’s three-phase plan for its program: phase 1 (Q3 2019) involved a community engagement effort to develop a framework for a what a potential program might entail; phase 2 (ongoing) involves more specified community engagement to explore permit requirements and components, as well as releasing the final permit application; and phase 3 (Q1/Q2 2020) will involve launching the program and assessing its success.
Some of the key findings from the community engagement process are included in the report. The city found that the most-cited benefit to a shooter share program would be increased mobility, while the most-cited concern relating to scooter use pertains to parking and riding on sidewalks.
The report also features some of the requirements to which operators will need to adhere once the program is launched in Spring 2020. Some such requirements include:
Other requirements will include vehicle safety, community education, equity, access for people with disabilities and parking enforcement.