April 26, 2019

E-scooters hit Portland streets today as 3 companies get permits

April 26, 2019

Portland is issuing permits to three companies — and four more may soon follow — as e-scooters return to Portland today.

The Bureau of Transportation said Bolt, Lime and Spin scooters are expected to hit the streets “over the course of the day.”

This is the second go-round for scooters in Portland after Bird, Lime and Skip operated a total of 2,043 scooters in a four-month pilot program that ended just before Thanksgiving last year.

PBOT announced this new pilot, running one year, last month. Officials said they expected to see 9,000 scooters on the streets by January, although the number could theoretically reach as high as 15,000.

Lime said today it would place 500 scooters around the city, with a “ceremonial first deployment” near the Gateway Transit Center in east Portland at 11 a.m.

Portland is basing company scooter allotments on criteria related to safety, equity and climate policy goals.

Companies are incentivized to reduce sidewalk riding and illegal parking, boost the use of scooters in east Portland, provide seated scooters and demonstrate that their scooters are trimming vehicle miles traveled.

PBOT said 12 companies filed permit applications for the new pilot program by an April 9 deadline.

In addition to the three companies that are getting permits today, Clevr Mobility, Jump, Razor USA and Shared Technologies Inc. “are in the final stages of submitting the required scooter specifications and other information necessary for a permit,” the bureau said.

“If they qualify, PBOT expects them to launch their fleets in the coming weeks,” the bureau said.