Eastern Michigan University students, faculty and staff will soon be able to enjoy an eco-friendly mode of transportation across campus starting Sept. 19.
EMU has partnered with Spin, a micro-mobility service provider that operates bikes and electric scooters in communities and on campuses across North America, to place a fleet of 50 scooters on campus that will be available to ride 24/7.
Riders must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license in order to rent a scooter. After downloading the Spin app, available on Apple and Android devices, the scooters can be rented with an initial cost of $1 and 39 cents per min.
“The new electric scooters support the University’s efforts to evolve campus mobility and sustainability,” EMU vice president for communications Walter Kraft said in a statement. “We are providing safe and efficient mobility options and the ability to continue implementing technologies that improve our campus infrastructure to allow e-bikes, e-scooters, pedestrians, bicyclists, and student shuttles to coexist.”
EMU administration believes that the battery operated scooters, powered by 100% renewable energy, will provide students a better option to get around campus.