Scooters and bicycles may soon start appearing on the streets of Newark.
City officials are currently in the planning phase of a bike and scooter sharing program, dubbed “NewarkGo”. But the city wants the pilot program to materialize by spring 2021.
“I am delighted to launch our bike and scooter sharing program and to find support for planning and infrastructure for cycling in our city,” Mayor Ras Baraka said in his state address. of town last month. “Not just downtown but for access through the city.”
The planning phase includes talking to residents and other stakeholders before bikes or scooters hit the streets. An online survey on residents’ transportation habits is available online. The public is also invited to participate in virtual discussions on the programming that will be broadcast on the Town’s Facebook page on the following dates:
- Tuesday November 24 at 6 p.m.
- Wednesday December 2 at 6 p.m.
- Monday December 7 at noon
No vendor has yet been identified, but the proposal so far seeks to give the program a six-month trial period. The city is looking to allow residents to use the potential company‘s cell phone app to find a scooter or bicycle and unlock it to ride.
It was not immediately clear whether the program would include scooters and e-bikes or traditional human-powered bikes.
The project is led by the Newark Housing and Economic Development Department and the Engineering Department. Newark is also supported by Bloomberg Associates, a team of industry leaders who seek to improve cities.
Equity is a key part of the plan. City officials hope the program will provide more affordable transportation to underserved sections of Newark, generate more foot traffic for local businesses, and reduce emissions from cars.
The city’s proposal so far includes 20 fleet anchor points located in the city center, where a high volume of travel is expected. Ten so-called “equity” zones will also exist outside the city center.
In the coronavirus era, the city is hoping that bicycles and scooters can also provide a more socially distanced form of travel than trains, buses or carpooling programs.
Other major cities in New Jersey have rolled out scooter or bike-sharing programs with mixed results.
Jersey City unveiled its Citi Bike program in 2015 and is looking to merge its system with that of Hoboken. Elizabeth got Lime scooters as part of a pilot program last year, but the city canceled it less than a month later after a teenager was fatally hit by a truck while in was using a.
State legislation that was enacted last year removed registration and licensing requirements for low-speed e-bikes and scooters.
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