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Arvada begins pilot project allowing dockless e-scooters for rent – The Denver Post

The rental scooters that line the blocks of Denver and zip through the streets are coming to Arvada. The city is asking for feedback as they begin the process of allowing rental scooters and bicycles.

The idea stemmed from a problem connecting people from home or work to the light rail stations. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail G Line stops in Olde Town Arvada, but the city wanted more connectivity. Hence they came up with a solution involving micro-mobility. In an April 2020 city council meeting, a proposal for a roughly 1-mile radius following each of the four G-Line stations between the Sheridan-Arvada Gold Strike Station and the Wheat Ridge-Ward Station was made.

This pilot project period will last six to nine months, allowing the city to collect data on the usage, benefits, public feedback, and issues that arise during the summer. This information will be used to determine whether or not to make the program permanent and expand it city-wide.

There will be a maximum of 200 scooters and bikes involved in the pilot as a maximum of two companies will be allowed to offer service. Arvada has also instituted a bunch of rules around parking the dockless zoomers, preferring that customers park the bike or scooter at a bike rack where available or a designated scooter parking area that looks to be repurposed parking spots.

Arvada will host four public meetings in the next two-plus weeks where the scooters can be discussed. The city is also asking for feedback on the project.

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