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First bikes, then scooters, now mopeds. Next up: Trikes and e-cargo bikes.
First came e-bikes, then scooters. Now the District is adding mopeds to the mix of micromobility services available in the nation’s capital. Looking forward, they are focused on luring electric tricycles (trikes) and e-cargo bikes to the city. D.C. transportation officials say they’re open to testing whatever happens to be the next big thing in transportation technology.
The District hasn’t significantly increased the size of scooter and bike fleets allowed since it launched its permanent program, which promised operators the potential for regular growth. Companies say it limits them from meeting the high demand for their services.
So far, officials say, anecdotal evidence shows that people are using e-scooters and e-bikes to make short trips that otherwise would be made by car, including ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. The devices are also filling gaps in the transportation system, providing options where Metro or bus service is limited, connecting people to transit, jobs and neighborhoods, they say.
DDOT is creating curbside parking for scooters and bikes at locations where their use is high and plans to have designated parking at 15 locations by fall.
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