Shared Moped Pilot to Continue

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The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has decided to continue its demonstration pilot for shared motor-driven cycles, also known as mopeds. DDOT released new draft terms and conditions that will govern the second phase of the pilot. Shared motor-driven cycle operators with a 2019 Public Right-of-Way Occupancy Permit (PROW OP) are permitted to continue operations through Feb. 29, 2020 under the current permits. The second phase of the motor driven cycle pilot, which will be governed by revised terms and conditions, will begin on March 1 and continue through Sept. 30. Under the new terms, companies may operate up to 600 vehicles in the District; riders cannot park on roads with rush hour restrictions or in bus lanes; and moped companies must distribute their vehicles throughout the entire District at all times. These new requirements are in addition to existing District law requiring moped riders to wear helmets, possess a valid driver’s license and avoid riding on sidewalks.  The draft terms and conditions are available at ddot.dc.gov.