Initial fleet size upped to 500 (from 100)
Can add 20% if 2 rides per bike per day is averaged in previous 2 weeks; if less than 1 ride per bike per day, fleet is reduced by 10% (b4: allowed quarterly increases)
15% of fleet must be in underserved areas, to be rebalanced daily (no previous %)
15 mph limit off-street, 20 mph on-street (new requirement)
Safety check and maintenance required when battery is replaced (was every 4 weeks)
Must provide free trips under 30 min, discount on year pass and cash option for those under federal poverty level (new requirement)
Data required monthly (was quarterly)
So Boulder will get, at most, 500 dockless bikes
Contractor or cost-share agreement
Transfer of B-Cycle members to private co.
B-Cycle becomes city/RTD/county or Via-owned system
It was already pretty volatile pre-pandemic
There's a $50K subsidy from the city in the 2021 budget, but that will only fund operations for about 6 weeks.
Kemp: "We're pretty sure we don't have the $$ in transportation to go above and beyond the $50K we already have allocated."
Cowern: The simplest answer is yes, we could choose not to spend that $$, even if it were allocated.
Council/staff largely rejected them over safety concerns. But they kept investigating possible *seated* scooters.
"We feel that's more a calculated risk worth taking," Kemp says.
Another pro of newer, seated scooters: Longer lifespan. That was a big concern RE: the environment, bc they only last like 30 days and battery waste is bad.
Kemp: It's both. If you allow more than one co., you cut into the viability for the company.
Yeah, and that turned out great....
Kemp: 500 is what other comparable cities have done. We want to serve Gunbarrel.
Kemp: I'm not sure on that
Kemp: Yes. I've talked with two private co. who are interested in operating under our regulations
Kemp: The companies have provided data, and it's looking a lot better than standing scooters.
We're seeing micro mobility companies fall day by day, and transportation $$ shrink up, he says. We have to innovate to meet our "workforce mobility challenges."