DDOT proposes plan to almost double number of scooters in D.C. by 2020

D.C. residents will see the number of scooters on the District’s streets almost double by January under a new proposal from the District Department of Transportation.

DDOT released a proposal last week that would up the number of scooters allowed to operate in D.C. to 10,000 – about a 67 percent increase from the roughly 6,000 scooters allowed under D.C.’s current scooter cap – and increase the number of dockless bikes to 10,000. The plan would simultaneously reduce the number of companies that can operate scooters in D.C. from eight to four and allow each company to maintain a fleet of up to 2,500 devices.

Scooter companies would be required to operate a minimum of 500 scooters, according to DDOT’s proposal. The proposal also states that no company may operate more than 1,000 scooters in the central business district.

Companies will also be required to deploy at least 400 scooters in “equity emphasis areas,” parts of the District with a high proportion of low-income residents, according to the proposal.

DDOT increased the number of dockless scooters from 2,400 to about 6,000 this year. Current regulations allow eight scooter companies to operate 600 vehicles per permit.

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