The District of Columbia is preparing to include low-power motorized bicycles that operate via smartphone apps into its vehicle traffic in the coming weeks.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is starting a permit process next week for companies running app-based shared mopeds. There will be a four-month demonstration pilot.
For the move described by the DDOT as “part of the District’s continued commitment to foster new shared mobility options,” DDOT Director Jeff Marootian said:
“This demonstration period will allow the District to evaluate how mopeds will fit in our transportation network… This is another opportunity for us to reduce dependence on single occupancy vehicles and expand the sustainable transportation options we offer to residents and visitors.”
Companies planning to apply for the pilot are required to meet the terms and conditions of a new Public Right of Way Occupancy Permit (PROW OP), which will be available on DDOT’s website before August 12, 2019. Current regulations regarding the operation of mopeds such as using a helmet and holding a driver’s license are part of the terms.
Each approved company is permitted to operate up to 400 vehicles during this period.
Various shared vehicle permit programs are currently being implemented by the DDOT, including cars, electric bicycles, and scooters.
Some D.C. residents, on the other hand, voiced criticism against the DDOT’s moped decision, complaining about the city’s already heavy traffic.
There isn't enough room on these DC streets for cars, bikes, mopeds, scooters, skateboards and all these other unregulated and unregistered forms of transportation! 🤬🤬
— purple_reign (@SugarNSpice114) August 5, 2019
DC's going to get dockless mopeds, because almost dying from getting hit by a dockless scooter rider isn't enough
— Lord of Overstock (@lordofoverstock) August 5, 2019
They got to be the Dumbest 🤦🏾♀️ they know damn well DC do not need that damn mopeds here Poor Company 😂😂😂😂😂😂🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️
— Basic Christain🤷🏾♀️🥰 (@_Noface_Nocase) August 4, 2019