CLEVELAND — Don't call it a comeback.
Electronic scooters and are slated to return to Cleveland streets as early as this weekend according to city officials.
During the six month demonstration period, Cleveland riders took more than 213,000 rides, totally more than 2.5 million minutes, the city said in a press release Monday.
This summer, e-scooter and shared mobility devices will be available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., expanded hours from last summer's initial operating hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The devices will now be able to reach speeds of 15 mph.
The changes were approved by Cleveland City Council Wednesday June 3.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, companies must adhere to the guidelines set forth by health officials. The scooters will be cleaned each time an employee interacts with them, including re-charging, re-balancing and maintenance.
"Riders are also encouraged to practice safe hygiene including washing your hands before and after using the devices and they are encouraged to wipe down high touch surfaces, like handlebars before riding," the city recommend.
The city anticipates renewing permits Bird, Lime, Spin and Wheels. UHBikes bike-share system, which is now called HOPR is also expected to relaunch this week.
If you would like to provide feedback on the program, you can email the city at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city also issued the following safety tips and reminders for riders:
- Ride in the street. Scooter and bike riders should ride in the street with the flow of traffic, following traffic rules and using bike lanes where possible.
- Be visible. Never assume a driver sees you. Ride at least three feet from the curb so you are in the line of sight of other road users.
- Be predictable. Follow all traffic laws, including stopping when the traffic light is red. Avoid weaving and riding erratically.
- Park responsibly. Don’t block the sidewalk, bus stops, doorways, fire hydrants, or driveways.
- Don't get stranded. Under the new expanded operating hours, scooters will deactivate between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Keep this in mind when planning your rides.
- Ride smart. Don't carry objects that keep you from controlling the scooter or bike. Don't be distracted or ride with headphones. Don't drink and ride. Don't ride more than one person per device.
- Wear a helmet. Permitted vendors are required to give you a free helmet upon request.