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DDOT is adding mopeds to DC’s dockless vehicle pilot

DDOT will open applications for permits on Aug. 12 for moped companies interested in putting their electornic vehicles on D.C. streets as part of a four-month pilot program.

A dockless moped pilot is headed to DC. (Photo by Pixabay user Free-Photos, used under a Creative Commons license)

Electric bikes and e-scooters, prepare to move over: Shared mopeds are here to join the District’s dockless vehicle pilot program.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced on Aug. 2 that it is adding mopeds to its dockless vehicle pilot program that it launched last year to collect data about car-free transportation options. The moped pilot will run for a four-month period and the department will start accepting permit applications on Aug. 12 from moped companies interested in putting their electronic vehicles on D.C. streets.

Each accepted mobility firm will be allowed to offer up to 400 mopeds each. With the permit, some operational laws include drivers having to possess a driver’s license, wear a helmet and not ride on the sidewalks.

Revel, an all-electric moped shared service, wants to expand to D.C. with the new program.

“As Washington, D.C. continues to be a national model for embracing innovative and sustainable transportation options under Mayor Bowser’s leadership, we look forward to this permit process for shared mopeds. We hope to be fortunate enough to be selected by DDOT so that we can introduce our shared electric mopeds to the whole District soon and provide a reliable and convenient way to help people get where they need to go while also supporting local jobs.” Frank Reig, CEO and cofounder of Revel, said in a statement.

WTOP also reported that Muving has been in talks with the department to be a part of the pilot program. Last year, the European company came to the District to demo one of its electric vehicles.


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