There are plenty of bikes around town as part of the District’s dockless bike share pilot program, and now we are starting to see scooters as well.
Yellow electric scooters from Waybots, a California-based startup, began appearing on District streets in recent days. They operate in similar fashion to the highly visible dockless bikes that have been available in the city for several months.
Waybots charges $1 per ride and 15 cents for every minute, according to the description of the company’s smartphone app. The scooters travel about 15 miles per hour.
To ride a Waybots scooter, you must use the geolocation feature on the app to find a scooter. Then you can use the app to scan a QR code on the scooter, which then allows you to flip up the kickstand. When done riding, you can leave the scooter on any sidewalk.
WAMU reported that a second scooter company, Bird, also has plans to launch in the District. The station reported that the District will allow the scooter companies to operate under the same rules as the five dockless bikeshare companies operating in the city now. One of those bike companies, SPIN, has also rolled out scooter sharing in San Francisco.
The dockless bikeshare firms have been allowed entry into the city under a pilot program that extends into April. After the pilot program ends, the District will outline rules for how the companies can operate in the city moving forward.