Electric scooters are for everyone, the companies want D.C. residents to know.
A number of scooter companies offer discounts to those whose budgets are the tightest.
Here's the rundown of scooter company discounts available to people with low incomes.
Lime recently partnered with Building Bridges Across the River to sign more people up for its Lime Access plan.
"The Lime Access Plan is something that we see as sort of a pillar of our equity work," spokeswoman Laura Miller Brooks said.
Some D.C. policymakers see scooters as a way to improve mobility in low-income areas. Under proposed new rules for 2020, scooter companies would be allowed to increase the number of scooters in the city, but would be expected to deploy at least 400 vehicles in Equity Emphasis Areas, including large swathes of Southeast and the westernmost portions of Northeast.
Recently, Lime tested placing up to a quarter of its fleet in economically disadvantaged areas of D.C. After analyzing the program, Lime found the demand is there for scooter companies if their release is part of a broader outreach effort.
"We found that scooters can be a really meaningful form of first- [and] last-mile transit connection if there’s adequate supplies," Miller Brooks said.
Lime doesn't consider itself to be the sole transportation provider for these areas. Rather, Miller Brooks said, they see Lime as just one way that scooter companies can provide mobility to everyone in the city.
"In cities across the U.S. transit has not historically been an equitable system," Miller Brooks said. "There are key gaps and still work to be done but we do see ourselves as a supplement."
For information on how to apply for discount programs, follow these links: