DC will permit 15,000 dockless vehicles in 2020

Dive Brief:
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has approved Lyft, Skip, Spin and Uber-owned Jump to remain in Washington, DC and operate a combined total of 10,000 scooters, almost double the current number of scooters permitted (5,235), as part of its 2020 dockless vehicle sharing program. Bolt, Bird, Lime, and Razor scooters, which currently operate in DC, will no longer be permitted in the city.

DDOT also approved Jump and newcomer HelBiz to operate 5,000 e-bikes in 2020, and will add 100 “off-sidewalk parking corrals” for dockless vehicles across the city’s eight wards.

DDOT received 19 applications for its 2020 dockless vehicle program. Thirteen applications were for e-scooters; one application was for traditional bikes; and five were for e-bikes. Four applications were disqualified for devices that didn’t meet the proper “definition of personal mobility devices or bicycles.”