Vienna is studying a pilot program to introduce motorized scooters and bikes on a shared rental basis. The program was discussed at a June 10 Town Council work session, however it has not yet been formalized in a regular Council meeting.
A new Virginia law on the so-called dockless mobility devices (or simply “dockless”) effective this month, allows localities to regulate the operation of these devices. Dockless refers to the fact that the device has no fixed home. It is picked up and dropped off at locations prearranged through use of a cellphone app.
Dockless is catching on big across the country. Locally, Montgomery County, DC, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria have had it for a few years, and Fairfax City just launched a pilot program last week.
If a pilot program is approved in Vienna, the Public Works Department would be responsible for managing it. More discussion is scheduled for September.