Blue Duck launches Greensboro’s fleet of electrical scooters and bikes on April 1st

Date of publication: 03/30/2021 8:00 a.m.

The Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) has selected Blue Duck, a San Antonio-based micromobility company that operates e-scooters and e-bikes in communities across Texas and the southeast, on an exclusive two-year contract to run a joint micro-mobility program in the city.

Blue Duck’s offers dockless electric scooters and electric bicycles for rent that serve students, residents, and visitors.

As City and Blue Duck prepare for launch, safety and adequate parking are essential to the program’s success. All drivers are expected to obey all road rules and local traffic rules. Micromobility vehicles can be operated like bicycles in accordance with state public road traffic regulations and city ordinances that allow bicycles to be used on sidewalks outside the central business district.

Blue Duck representatives will be at LoFi Park, 500 N. Eugene St., April 1st from 4pm to 6pm to introduce the new fleet, answer questions and offer test drives.

“Blue Duck was selected as part of our most recent tendering process,” said Hanna Cockburn, Greensboro’s director of transportation. “We chose the Blue Duck proposal because of their approach to justice and their excellent credentials. We also preferred her recommendations regarding the boundaries of the coverage area in the city, ”she added.

Megan McNamara, Blue Duck’s Senior Director of Government Partnerships, said, “We have engaged with the Greensboro community and our city partners throughout this process. We look forward to expanding our presence in the state of North Carolina from Winston-Salem, where we are have been operating since the fall of 2020 and aim to provide multimodal transportation to drivers in Greensboro. ”

The e-scooters and e-bikes will be available for hire from April 1st, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In a special promotion for the introductory week, Blue Duck is waiving the $ 1 activation fee for every trip in Greensboro.

Blue Duck will hire a local operations team to manage the fleet from a Greensboro operations center. The devices will be placed in the city center in areas carefully selected in consultation with city officials. All devices are equipped with GPS technology, which enables Blue Duck to restrict driving or parking in areas where it is not allowed.

Drivers can download the Blue Duck app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to find and unlock devices near them. Drivers must complete an online safety tutorial before their first ride.

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