The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is partnering with e-scooter company, Spin, to bring the first electric scooters to the Dayton region.
At a launch party for the new mobility option, the RTA was part of the first rides for the e-scooters in the city. The Dayton transit agency will be the first public transit agency in the country to partner with Spin to help with operations in a city. RTA will handle the daily pickups, charging, and drop-offs of the scooters, said RTA CEO Mark Donaghy.
In a time when the demand by citizens for travel options is continually changing, Donaghy said, the RTA’s work with Spin aligns with the agency’s mission to provide mobility for all in the Dayton region.
Spin, a San-Francisco based micromobility company, operates e-scooters in more than 50 U.S. cities. The e-scooters are unlocked using the Spin app and charge a rider per minute of use. Spin worked closely with city of Dayton lawmakers to create “no-ride zones” in certain areas of the city. There are also city ordinances in place that require the scooters to be navigated in the streets and bike lanes, and not on sidewalks.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley praised the RTA’s willingness to think beyond buses when it comes to transportation options. The RTA works with Lyft and Uber for first-mile, last-mile partnerships in areas where fixed-route service is limited, and runs the maintenance of the Link: Dayton Bike Share.