Washington, DC’s shared mobility journey has been underscored by a number of colorful happenings: a long trail of email exchanges, appearances (and disappearances) of Chinese startups and a viral inflamed scooter.
The city, which ranks as one of the fittest in the United States, pioneered docked bike-shares with its Capital Bikeshare program in 2010. It was also among the first to welcome dockless bikes and scooters in 2017, embracing the devices as they quickly overwhelmed other cities.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) earned high marks for striking a middle ground, satisfying docked and dockless companies as well as their customers. Rather than instituting an outright ban or issuing unlimited permits to dockless companies, the city strategically listened to public feedback to increase ridership.