The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) has officially launched the first phase of its e-scooter pilot with up to 3,000 Bird, Lime and Veo e-scooters made available in the East Bronx.
The second phase will see the number of e-scooters increase to as many as 6,000 next year.
DOT and each company underwent an extensive community engagement process to site e-scooter parking corrals and educate the public about the pilot, including its safety, equity, and accessibility components.
These included dozens of meetings with community boards, local BIDs, nearby medical facilities, and more.
“This is an exciting announcement as we officially bring shared micromobility to the East Bronx community,” said DOT commissioner Hank Gutman.
He added: “With safety as our top priority, we look forward to a continued collaboration with Bird, Lime and Veo, elected officials and local Bronx communities to make e-scooter share an effective, convenient, and equitable way to get around.”
Mandated by City Council legislation passed in 2020, the city’s e-scooter pilot is expected to offer a new shared mobility option in the eastern Bronx pilot zone with neighbourhoods from Eastchester and Co-op City to Morris Park included. In 2022, phase two will include neighbourhoods further south, including Throggs Neck and Soundview.
“With safety as our top priority, we look forward to a continued collaboration with Bird, Lime and Veo, elected officials and local Bronx communities to make e-scooter share an effective, convenient, and equitable way to get around”
In total, the zone is an 18-square-mile area home to a diverse population of 570,000 residents, including 25,000 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents.
Community meetings over the past few months have also led to installation of nearly 90 e-scooter corrals on busy corridors within the pilot zone. Riders wanting to park in areas with corrals, must return their e-scooter to a corral. In other parts of the zone, riders can park on the sidewalk, against the curb and out of the pedestrian path of travel.