Bikes, scooters, and now a new entry into the shared micro-mobility space: The shared moped has arrived. Washington, D.C. will welcome up to 400 mopeds this weekend into its growing micro-mobility system.
The battery-powered vehicles will each come with two helmets, hold two riders, and travel at speeds up to 30 mph. Users will register with the system and hitch their rides, so to speak, with an app; operators must be 21 years old, have valid driver licenses, and pass a background check, but do not need motorcycle licenses. The company will offer free daily lessons and the vehicles must operate only in roads but can park on sidewalks outside the downtown area. The operation will employ about 30 people.