It is common to see cars, buses, light rail vehicles, trains, ferries, bicycles, pedestrians, and even the occasional kayak in and around Hoboken, but soon, plenty of electric scooters could be added to the Mile Square City’s streets.
City officials announced plans late last week to launch a pilot program in partnership with Manhattan-based P3GM and San Francisco-based Lime that will allow electric scooters to be rented in Hoboken for a six-month period. The highly publicized initiative will include a mixture of dockless scooters from Lime and scooters from P3GM that will be docked at Hudson Bike Share locations in the city, according to a statement from City Hall.
Residents could begin seeing these scooters on the streets in the coming weeks, though an official launch event is slated to take place in May. In order for P3GM to operate, the Hoboken City Council still needs to pass an additional resolution. The Council is currently slated to vote on the matter on April 17.
Riders will be allowed to reach speeds of as high as 20 miles per hour and will not be allowed to use the sidewalks. The scooters will be permitted in Hoboken’s bike lanes.
While there are a few bike share programs in the state such as CitiBike in Jersey City and P3GM JerseyBike’s Hudson Bike Share, Hoboken’s electric scooter trial initiative will be New Jersey’s first program of its kind.
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