D.C. Department of Transportation to implement new shared scooter ordinance
Helbiz Inc. (NASDAQ: HLBZ), a global leader in micro-mobility and the first in its industry to be publicly listed on Nasdaq, today announced it will retrofit its fleet of e-scooters with lock-to technology to meet the new regulations required by Washington D.C. The legislation will go into effect on October 1st with the intention to reduce e-scooter clutter on sidewalks and streets. Helbiz will initially roll out the integration in Washington D.C., with plans to expand into other markets that adopt similar requirements.
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Helbiz Outfits Fleet of E-Scooters with New Lock-To Technology (Graphic: Business Wire)
The lock-to mechanism will be integrated into Helbiz e-scooters, designed to secure parked devices to bicycle racks, signposts or other infrastructure throughout the city. Once each ride is completed, the Helbiz App will activate lock-to and ask users to take a photo of the device to confirm it was parked and locked properly. The D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) plans to increase the number of bike racks in order to accommodate the new ordinance, which also requires e-scooters to be parked and locked with at least 3 feet of pedestrian walkways left unobstructed, and that entrances to private property, driveways, or handicap accessible ramps and parking spots are not blocked. By monitoring the location of each parked e-scooter, the new regulation will ensure devices are available in all areas of the city.
“Since our first deployment of shared electric vehicles in Washington D.C. in 2019, we have worked to provide safe, alternative mobility options,” said Vivian Myrtetus, Head of Partnerships & Policy at Helbiz. “As the micro-mobility industry continues to evolve, we are proud to join the DDOT in the implementation of new measures to bring more organized operations to the city.”
To educate users of this new regulation, Helbiz has started distributing detailed instructions via email and pushing in-app notifications. The Company has also launched an educational campaign that can be seen on digital LiveBoards at transit stops throughout Washington D.C.
Helbiz is a global leader in micro-mobility services. Launched in 2015 and headquartered in New York City, the company offers a diverse fleet of vehicles including e-scooters, e-bicycles and e-mopeds all on one convenient, user-friendly platform in 35 cities around the world. Helbiz utilizes a customized, proprietary fleet management technology, artificial intelligence and environmental mapping to optimize operations and business sustainability. Helbiz is expanding its urban lifestyle products and services to include live streaming services, food delivery, financial services and more, all accessible within its mobile app.
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