(ABOVE: via Councilman Michael DeFusco)
Does Hoboken need more adults on scooters zipping around town?
According to the City, the answer is YES, as Hoboken passed an ordinance to allow electric scooters. With the authorization, the City also announced that it will enter into a six-month pilot program with two companies, Lime and P3GM (operator of JerseyBike), to provide electric scooters for rental by residents and visitors—thereby making it the first City in New Jersey, and one of the first in the tri-state area to officially launch an electric scooter sharing program.
The ordinance that was passed last night authorizes electric scooters with a speed of up to 20 miles per hour to utilize bike lanes in the city. Electric scooters WILL NOT BE PERMITTED to ride on sidewalks.
“I am thrilled Hoboken is leading the way for the rest of the state to implement an additional mode of green transportation,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “Electric scooters will help residents easily travel around our city, reduce congestion on our roadways, and improve access to transit stations and business districts. This is another way Hoboken is leading the way in implementing environmentally responsible transportation initiatives. Thank you to Director Ryan Sharp (pictured below) and his team for making this launch a reality.”
Implementation of Hoboken’s electric scooter pilot program with Lime and P3GM is set for the coming weeks, and will allow residents to utilize the two variations of electric scooters, with Lime operating dockless Lime-S scooters, and P3GM operating Ojo scooters which will utilize the JerseyBike bike share stations for docking.
“eScooters and other emerging transportation technologies have the potential to revolutionize how we all get around Hoboken, so I’m very excited to see the city enter into this agreement with Lime,” said Councilman Michael DeFusco, a longtime vocal proponent of the program. “I look forward to hopping onto a scooter soon on my morning commute to Manhattan, and I hope all Hobokenites take the opportunity to try out this exciting new mode of transportation and let us know what they think.”