In an effort to develop micro-mobility in Omaha, the City has partnered with Lime and Spin to introduce electric scooters into the transportation system. These scooters will allow the citizens of Omaha to travel short distances with ease, and have fun while doing it!
A 6-month pilot program with these companies will launch May 8, 2019 and continue until November. During this time, the Parking and Mobility Division will observe riding habits and patterns, take customer feedback, and identify any issues that need to be fixed before officially integrating scooters into Omaha.
The maximum speed of the scooters is 15mph, making them unsuitable to ride on sidewalks or on streets with a speed limit of 35mph or more. Scooters will be restricted to designated scooter-safe areas using geofencing technology that will recognize when a scooter has entered a prohibited area and turn the scooter off remotely. Riders are encouraged to wear helmets at all times while on a scooter.
Both the Spin and Lime apps contain a map of scooter-safe routes and docking stations for the rider’s convenience.
Omahans will be able to try the scooters out at Mobility By Design: an event spotlighting the innovations in mobility and transportation in cities, featuring demonstrations and information provided by Lime, Spin, Bike Walk Nebraska, BCycle, ORBT, and Park Omaha. Mobility By Design will take place at Midtown Crossing @ Turner Park on Thursday, May 23.