Tampa tracks over 700,000 trips on shared scooters in 6 months
In May of this year the City of Tampa began a year-long pilot program to deploy shared electric scooters in select areas of the City. The objective of the Shared Motorized Scooter Pilot Program is to introduce a new, low-cost method of transportation to increase mobility options in the City. The scooters are available for short-term rental using a smart phone app, allowing people to quickly and easily move themselves distances that might be too far to walk, but too short or inconvenient to drive and park a car. The scooters are also used by short-distance commuters and public transit users to access bus stops or streetcar stations. A scooter trip can replace a short-distance car trip, which helps curb traffic congestion while still increasing access and connectivity to many neighborhoods in the City.
“Whether you’re using them to get to work, lunch, or as a form of entertainment, micromobility options are quickly becoming a great way to get around cities,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “I look forward to continuing to look at alternative modes of transportation as part of my Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow initiative. Global cities demand world-class transportation, and that’s why my administration is laser focused on building a future with options including micromobility, a modern streetcar, bus rapid transit, and rail.”
As part of the pilot, the City is closely monitoring the program and gathering data to develop a multi-faceted, long-term mobility plan that satisfies the community’s needs and encourages strong public-private partners. Since the program was launched on May 24th, there have been over 700,000 scooter trips covering over 850,000 miles. That translates to about 4,000 trips every day!
The program is run in partnership with four of the nation’s largest shared vendors – Bird, Spin, Lime and JUMP. Apps for all four companies are available on Apple or Android devices.
More information on this program can be found at www.tampagov.net/scooters.