The Portland Bureau of Transportation is slashing the fees to use BIKETOWN, the city’s bikeshare system, and Spin e-scooter rentals so that residents have an affordable mode of transportation to purchase groceries or prescriptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lime and Bird have announced that they’ve suspended operations indefinitely, while Razor is cutting back its fleet. Spin, however, will continue to operate as normal.
When Lime first launched in Portland, the lowest rate was $5 per scooter, and $7 payouts were common. Now, the bottom rate for juicers has dipped to $2.
In an email, Shared CEO Braydon Butungbacal wrote that the Tacoma start-up is pulling its scooter from Portland’s streets “due to extreme difficulty in further fundraising to support the venture to continue to grow it.”
E-scooters might not be as environmentally friendly as they are made out to be.
We tested the new rules by riding scooters to the Taco Bell window. It wasn’t appetizing. But it was possible.
E-scooters have made new enemies.
The e-scooter population is growing.
This month, Jared Leisek went hunting for a used car, at the bottom of the Willamette River.