SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Next week, Skip will arrive to provide Portlanders with a new option for sustainable and responsible last-mile transportation, one of two companies awarded a scooter share pilot permit by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). The first contested permit application process to conclude with awards, Portland’s rigorous and thoughtful examination of its future transit recognized Skip’s mission to work as an ally to cities and communities. Skip will operate hundreds of scooters for the four-month summer pilot, available for rides starting next week.
“We've been working with PBOT for months and are impressed with their process for selecting partners,” said Sanjay Dastoor, CEO and co-founder of Skip. “True community understanding and engagement are key for creating a long-term solution like the one we're working to build, and we're excited to get rolling in Portland, one of the most thoughtful transportation cities in the country."
The award of the permit underscores what makes Skip’s approach unique:
- Working with cities: Skip worked with Washington’s DDOT to create the first pilot program for electric scooter sharing in the United States. Thanks to an approach of working with cities collaboratively to make its service successful for the entire community, Skip is the only operator never to have been issued a cease-and-desist.
- Investing in local communities: Skip engages with community organizations to support initiatives like better bike lane infrastructure that serve Skip riders and non-riders alike. Scooter sharing’s popularity is an opportunity to serve and transform cities in a safe and sustainable way.
- Responsible ridership: By training via group ride and pop-up events, online tutorials, and in-app reminders, Skip believes a better-informed rider community keeps the riding lanes and parking areas safer for both Skip riders and their neighbors.
- Better technology: With a team that has proven experience in light electric vehicle engineering, Skip invests in the technology inside their scooters, including over-the-air software updates, tip-over detection, and industry-leading GPS location tracking so scooters are where you expect them to be. A better scooter also provides more stability in the bike lane and improved lights for safer riding at night.
Skip already operates its service in Washington, D.C., as well as in San Jose, Oakland, and Berkeley, CA.
Skip operates fleets of shared stand-up electric scooters for last-mile transportation. Focusing foremost on safety and responsibility, Skip educates and trains riders to be responsible and to respect businesses, community groups, pedestrians and policymakers. Advanced vehicle technology provides industry-leading real-time technical data on their use and condition, and are an important tool in helping cities solve transportation, environmental and city planning issues. The team has been working on last-mile transportation for nearly a decade, and developed the world’s first portable electric vehicle. Skip’s backers include Accel, Menlo Ventures, Initialized Capital, A Capital, and Y Combinator.