Scooter and bike share companies have deployed
electric-assist bicycles and e-scooters within City limits during a limited-time
pilot program. Users activate them with a smartphone app. The app shows the
location of bikes and scooters, indicates which ones are charged and ready for
use, and tracks mileage and carbon emissions saved per trip. Just set up an
account, scan the QR code on the e-bike or e-scooter of your choice, and away
you go. Don’t forget to wear your helmet!Have you noticed that a lot of electric scooters and bikes are parked next to bus stops and transit centers? It hasn’t taken community members long to realize that these devices make a great first and last mile connector to transit. Several community members have become fans of the services, and make connections to and from their bus more efficiently by jumping on a bike or scooter. Going to 6th Avenue to meet friends? Leave the car at home, take the bus to Commerce Street Station and grab a scooter to finish the journey. The bikes do not fit on Pierce Transit bus racks and the scooters should not be brought on to a bus, but that’s part of the beauty of this rideshare resource: you park it when you get on the bus, and you grab another one when you get off the bus. Many users are accomplishing their entire commute on a bike or scooter, and don’t have to worry about getting a parking spot or feeding the meters in Tacoma.
The pilot projects will wrap up by the end of the year, and the Tacoma community will find out if these shared modes are here to stay. If they are deemed successful, we might see some in Lakewood or Puyallup in the near future. Next time you are within Tacoma city limits and have a little time to spare, try one! It makes going uphill in Tacoma a breeze, and it’s a lot more fun than finding parking downtown.
Did you know? You can also log your bikeshare and scooter rides as bike trips on PierceTrips.com.