What is Micro-Mobility?
Micro-mobility refers to personal vehicles that carry up to two passengers, such as bicycles, small electric cars, electric bicycles, and scooters. Since city transportation planners can’t keep adding more stops to bus routes, micro-mobility helps to fill in the first mile/last mile gap between transit stops and home and allows people to rent the vehicles as needed instead of purchasing a personal vehicle of their own. With most shared micro-mobility options, users can simply download an app to their mobile phone where they can locate a vehicle, “unlock” it, and pay the nominal fee to use it. At the end of each day, the vehicles are picked up, charged overnight, and returned to designated spots for the next day’s use.
Micro-Mobility Services in Rochester
Lime Scooters - Lime is the first company to pilot scooters in Rochester. They were founded on a simple idea that all communities deserve access to smart, affordable mobility.
Through the equitable distribution of shared scooters, Lime aims to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet. Lime can be contacted at (888) 546-3345.
Rochester Bike Share Program - Rochester’s public bike-sharing program provides all community members and visitors with a fun and free way to navigate the city.
Bike-sharing locations include the Rochester Public Library, Peace Plaza, and Rochester City Hall. Each location has maps of the City’s bike trails to help residents and visitors explore and navigate the area. Use of helmets is strongly encouraged.
Recent Micro-Mobility News
In July 2019, the City Council approved a pilot program of Lime scooters in Rochester from August 1 through November 30, 2019. The scooters are a type of micro-mobility transportation, which is a part of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Integrated Transit strategy.
Earlier this spring, Lime presented and demoed electric scooters at City Hall. The proposed Memorandum of Understanding allows for an exclusive pilot of Lime scooters in Rochester, enabling the city to easily report data to understand where and when people are utilizing the scooters.
Current City ordinances do not prevent any scooter company from coming to Rochester and offering electric scooters. Lime expressed its interest in working with the City and DMC to identify how the City would benefit most from scooters, and what problems may occur with them. The pilot allows the City to require Lime to decrease the number of scooters at any time and gives us access to a dashboard that includes ridership data.
Scooters and other types of micro-mobility help communities to be greener and more efficient while providing affordable and equitable transportation options that also improve urban sustainability. The pilot will allow Rochester to consider a longer term implementation of such a solution.
Scooters are treated like a bicycle; they must travel in a bike lane or traffic lane and are not allowed to be operated on sidewalks. The scooters would be checked out through an app and are expected to be parked on the sidewalks out of the path of travel when not in use. Every scooter will be labeled with an email and phone number, and Lime will have representatives located in the City of Rochester to respond to inquiries.