Shared mobility devices will be tested in Loudoun County, but only in a small part of the county, near future metro stations.

The Loudoun County, Va., Shared Mobility Device Pilot Program will limit the ability to rent and drop off a scooter, motorized skateboard, e-bike, and bicycle to areas immediately around Silver Line metro stations in the eastern part of the county.

The county will limit the number of shared mobility devices for rent to a maximum of 1,000 devices and will limit their operation to a service area approximately 3 miles from Ashburn, Loudoun Gateway and Dulles International Airport Silver Line Metrorail stations.

“The county is committed to providing transportation choices that connect people to their communities, employment centers, educational institutions, activity centers and other amenities,” said Joe Kroboth, director of the Department of Transportation and county infrastructure, which oversees the pilot program. .

Mobility devices without a docking station allow customers to avoid having to drop them off at a specific location. The convenience is applauded by many looking for an inexpensive way to walk a few miles, disparaged by those who say devices left on sidewalks pose safety risks and are unsightly.

Loudoun is the third largest county in Virginia, at 521 square miles, stretching to the border of West Virginia.

With the 3 mile limit imposed in the pilot program, scooters will not be available in historic Leesburg, or the One Loudoun development, including residences, restaurants and entertainment, as well as communities such as South Riding. , Stone Ridge and developments in the western, more rural parts of the county.

The county is currently looking for SMD operators to supply the devices.

The pilot program will run for at least six months after the Silver Line stations open, scheduled for mid-2020.

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