Black advocates call for expanding Chicago’s scooter program with a focus on equity

The dockless electric scooters have scooted from Chicago streets. Today marked the end of our city’s four-month e-scooter pilot on the West and Northwest sides, and the ten vendors are required to remove all of their vehicles, a total of 2,500, from the public way or risk having them impounded by the city. The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Affairs and the Chicago Department of Transportation, which oversaw the test, announced today that the city is now launching “a wide-ranging and holistic evaluation” to decide whether the program should be expanded citywide and made permanent.

“The pilot was designed to see if scooters can help reduce single-occupancy vehicle use and provide first- and last-mile solutions to support public transit, particularly in areas with fewer transportation options” said BACP chief Rosa Escareno in a statement. “I want to thank Chicago’s residents for participating in this pilot. We have learned a great deal over the past four months and will now use community input and the data to evaluate scooters and determine if and how they can play a role as part of our transportation landscape.”

The evaluation of the pilot program will factor in ridership data, community feedback, particularly from people with disabilities, injury reports, complaints, enforcement action and results from a city-hosted scooter survey. The survey, available here, will be open until October 27.