Charlottesville Approves VeoRide to Operate Under Dockless Mobility Pilot Program
10/31/2019 Release from Charlottesville:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville is pleased to announce a new micro mobility provider. VeoRide will be launching on November 1, 2019 with a fleet of 150 electric scooters and 50 electric bicycles.
In November 2018, the city adopted a nine-month dockless scooter and bicycle pilot program to get ahead of the electric scooter trend by putting regulations in place that limit their use.
In March 2019, the General Assembly passed HB 2752 to better define the operating regulations for these new vehicles and give localities the authority to establish regulations around scooters and electric bicycles. However, the new law allows the companies to operate at their will in the absence of any regulation staring January 1, 2020.
City Council approved an extension of the pilot program through Dec. 18, 2019 to provide for additional outreach and education, as well as the development of recommendations for ordinance changes in response to new State legislation.
More than 200,000 trips were taken on for-hire e-scooters in Charlottesville during the first nine months of the program (December 2018 through October 2019) on an average fleet of 125 scooters. This indicates that dockless mobility provides a viable complement to the City’s transportation network increasing mobility options and possibly providing sustainability benefits.
Upcoming Public Hearing
At the November 18 City Council meeting, there will be a update and report on the Dockless Scooter Pilot Program. Residents will be able to comment on proposed changes to the ordinance describing where and how scooters can operate in the City of Charlottesville.