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E-scooters start to roll in Grand Rapids

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Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 13:42:22-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A pilot program to make e-scooters available within a 12-square-mile area centered in Grand Rapids begins today, September 30.

A partnership of the City of Grand Rapids and Spin, a company owned by Ford Motor Company.

The scooters are set to go no faster than 10 mph, and after being used must be parked at designated areas marked by the city. They are also programmed to power down when entering pedestrian-only areas like Calder Plaza and college campuses.

Users are advised to wear a helmet.

To use a scooter, it takes $1 to unlock it, then you’re charged 15 cents per minute, but use of the e-scooters is free for 60 minutes this weekend from 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, to midnight Sunday, Oct. 4.

The get started, you download and sign into the Spin app, which currently is only available through iPhones. If you don't have an iPhone, you go to Spin Access, obtain a code, and text the code to get registered.

Other options are available to people with cell phones that are not smartphones but you have a credit card and for people with no smartphone and no credit card. Go to Spin Access.

If you don’t have access to the internet, call Spin at 888-262-5189.