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Ann Arbor, Mich., Renews Spin Electric Scooter Contract

The city of Ann Arbor has renewed its agreement with Spin Inc. to bring its electric scooters back to the streets. The company has created a sanitation plan to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

by Dana Afana, MLive.com / June 4, 2020
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(TNS) — Electric scooter company Spin Inc. this week renewed its partnership with Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, creating a sanitation plan in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The company in 2019 launched a partnership with the city after Ann Arbor ditched Bird scooters. City council on Monday, June 1 approved the new contract for another year of e-scooters rentals along city streets. Spin is allowed to deploy up to 300 scooters in Ann Arbor, according to the contract.

Scooters are $1 to unlock using the Spin app and 15 cents per minute to ride. The company began boosting disinfecting procedures as the outbreak began, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the company says. Each scooter’s handlebars and mast are sprayed and wiped before being repaired or charged, according to Spin’s COVID-19 response plan.

Regarding delivery vehicles, crews are required to disinfect surfaces, such as the steering wheel, gearshift, door panel, blinker switch, center console and air conditioner knobs, after each shift. Towels must also be thrown away or thoroughly washed.

Riders are also encouraged to wear a mask, wash or sanitize hands before and after each ride or use gloves, Spin says. The company is offering free hand sanitizer to riders via an online form.

Scooters are required to be parked upright and out of the public right-of-way. They may be parked on sidewalks, as long as they do not hinder pedestrian traffic, ADA ramp access points, fire hydrants, call boxes or emergency facilities or utility poles.

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