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Electric scooters roll out in Albuquerque

Marian Camacho
May 24, 2019 06:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Hundreds of electric scooters are rolling out in Albuquerque Friday as a part of a one-year pilot project.

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Boston-based company Zagster brought the scooters to the Duke City after putting in an application with the city last month. The company has proposed 44 drop off locations across Albuquerque but the city has only approved 29.

Riders can use the "Spin" app to scan a QR code on the scooter and start their ride. A drivers license and credit or debit card is needed to set up an account. The cost is $1 to start the scooter and $0.15 for every minute.

The scooters are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Riders will be expected to use the bike lane, stay out of ART lanes and give pedestrians at least three feet of space on sidewalks.

City officials have said their top priority with the scooters is safety.

"We want to make this as safe as possible, implement it as quickly as we can, and avoid some of the issues other cities have had," said Johnny Chandler, Public Information Officer for the city's Department of Municipal Development. 

Zagster will be responsible for educating riders on safety. The top speed on the scooter is 15 mph and depending on the usage, a fully-charged scooter lasts about one or two hours. 

"We are bringing economic development to the city," said Dan Grossman with Zagster. "We're hiring between 35 and 40 locals to work for Zagster and to manage the program."

The people hired will make sure the scooters are picked up by 7 p.m. and charged up by 7 a.m. for commuters. 

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