FILE – Mark Rodgers rides a Bird electric scooter in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
SANDY — E-scooters continue to grow their footprint in Utah with one vendor launching service in two new Utah cities this week.
The rentable, electric-powered two-wheelers are being offered by a variety of vendors in a handful of communities in the state and one of those providers, Lime, kicked-off service in Sandy Monday with another debut event planned for Draper on Tuesday.
Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn said the new e-scooters, that users can locate and rent via a smartphone app, are a perfect alternative transportation option for the city’s 1,100-acre city center improvement district.
“We are really excited to partner with Lime to bring e-scooters to the Cairns District,” Bradburn said in a statement. “The vision for this district has always included alternate forms of transportation in order to move people around the area. The Cairns District has become a destination location with Rio Tinto Stadium, the Hale Center Theatre, Mountain America Expo Center and the Shops at South Towne to name a few.
“The addition of e-scooters will allow for more people who are visiting the Cairns District to leave their cars at home and take advantage of the TRAX system. Having access to this alternate form of transportation will also allow for residents in the district to access amenities that would ordinarily require a car,” Bradburn said.
E-scooters made their first appearance in Utah early last summer when Bird arrived, unannounced and unpermitted, on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City. The company has since entered into an operating agreement with the city and has been joined by fellow vendors Lime and Spin. The three companies collectively deploy about 1,500 scooters around the capital city each day when the weather is …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Business News