Post Date:03/30/2021 8:00 AM
Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) has chosen Blue Duck, a micromobility company headquartered in San Antonio and operating e-scooters and e-bikes in communities across Texas and the southeast, for an exclusive two-year contract to operate a shared micromobility program in the city.
Blue Duck’s will offer for rent dockless electric scooters and electric bikes, serving students, residents and visitors.
As the City and Blue Duck prepare for launch, safety and appropriate parking are essential to program success. All riders are expected follow all of the rules of the road and obey local traffic laws. Micromobility vehicles are permitted to operate the same as bicycles, following state regulations for public roads and the City ordinance that allows bicycles to ride on sidewalks outside of the central business district.
Blue Duck representatives will be at LoFi Park, 500 N. Eugene St., on April 1, from 4-6 pm to showcase the new fleet, answer questions, and offer test rides.
“Blue Duck was chosen through our recent competitive RFP selection process,” said Greensboro Director of Transportation Hanna Cockburn. “We picked Blue Duck’s proposal because of their approach to equity and their excellent references. We also preferred their recommendations regarding the boundaries of the service area in the city,” she added.
Megan McNamara, Blue Duck’s Senior Director of Government Partnerships, said, “We have been engaged with the Greensboro community and our city partners throughout this process. We are thrilled to continue to expand our footprint in the State of North Carolina from Winston-Salem, where we have operated since the fall of 2020, and eager to provide multi-modal transportation options to riders in Greensboro.”
The e-scooters and e-bikes will be available for rent starting on April 1, seven days a week from 7 am to 10 pm. In a special promotion for launch week, Blue Duck will waive the $1 unlock fee for every ride in Greensboro.
Blue Duck will hire a local operations team to manage the fleet out of a Greensboro operations center. Devices will be placed downtown in areas carefully selected in consultation with City staff. All the devices are equipped with GPS technology that allows Blue Duck to restrict riding or parking in areas where they are not permitted.
Riders can download the Blue Duck app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store to locate and unlock devices near them. Riders must complete an online safety tutorial before their first ride.
This press release was produced by the City of Greensboro. The views expressed here are the author’s own.