E-scooter program launches in Colorado Springs

The city’s starting a one year trial period for e-scooters in Colorado Springs.
The city’s starting a one year trial period for e-scooters in Colorado Springs.(KKTV Video Shot by Miranda Paige)
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 6:27 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 5:51 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - There’s a new way to zoom around town. Electric scooters are now available in Colorado Springs. You can find them downtown and on the westside.

The city’s starting with a one-year trial period to make sure these e-scooters are a good fit. Two companies are involved: Lime and Veo. Together, they are providing 600 e-scooters.

To use the e-scooters, you must download one of the company’s apps. Then you pay $1 to unlock the e-scooter. It’s 29 to 39 cents per minute to ride depending on the company.

Also on the app is a map. It will show you where the scooters are located. As well as where and where not to ride them. These e-scooters are meant to be ridden where you ride bikes in town. That’s in bike lanes and on sidewalks. Click here for a map to help plan your route.

According to the city, the scooters will slow down and stop working in parks and on trails.

“If folks do make a mistake, the device will actually come to a slow stop and, you know, you’ll be able to kind of reorient yourself to a location where you can and should ride,” said Jeff Hoover, senior manager of policy and partnerships at Veo.

City staff say they are excited to offer another option for people to get around the Springs.

“They can hop on a scooter to get to a nearby restaurant or nearby venue. We have the Switchback stadium here, we have the Robson Arena here. These are all destinations that lend themselves well for a scooter to travel between where you park and where you ultimately want to be,” said Todd Frisbie, Colorado Springs City Traffic Engineer.

There are concerns over the safety of these e-scooters. Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission saw an increase in injuries. The e-scooter companies say their phone apps go through safety tips with riders.

Helmets are highly recommended. They do not come with the scooter. You can use your own or contact the company to get one.

These e-scooters can go up to 15 miles per hour. You must be 18 or older to ride. E-scooters are available between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. For more information on the program, click here.

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