AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin wants to hear about what the public thinks about dockless electric scooters and bicycles.
Friday marks the final day to take the Austin’s Transportation Department’s survey. So far, the city says it has received more than 5,000 responses since it released the survey this spring. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
The concept of dockless devices rolling around town is still fairly new for the city. The transportation department gave companies the green light three months ago. After Bird, followed by Lime, decided to roll out their fleets earlier this year, the city adopted emergency administrative rules governing dockless mobility technology in May.
The city hopes the surveys will help improve the program. The survey is 19 questions ranging from preferences of where to ride to how the devices help commuters.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said John Cunningham, who after moving downtown decided to invest in a scooter. “I have a gas guzzling Range Rover [that] I haven’t filled up in about four, five months. [Scooters] are good for the environment in a sense, I don’t have to waste fuel.”
However, another man says he feels indifferent, “Whatever,” said Adrian Torres. “I don’t care for them… but I don’t hate them.”
Dockless devices by the numbers:
The city’s transportation department says the following companies are licensed to operate throughout the city’s downtown area project coordination zone.
- Bird – 500 scooters; and 500 supplemental licenses for scooters.
- GOAT – 20 scooters
- JUMP – 250 bicycles
- Lime – 500 scooters; and 500 supplemental licenses for scooters
- Pace – 500 bicycles
- Spin – 1 scooter
- VeoRide – 350 bicycles