Milwaukee e-scooter pilot program update: More than 189K rides since September

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Department of Public Works (DPW) on Friday, May 19, provided an update on Milwaukee's latest pilot program allowing the use of dockless scooters. 

The program started in September, allowing three companies -- Lime, Spin and Veo -- to provide scooters on a test basis. 

Since September, the scooters have been used for 189,000 rides, almost 97,000 in 2023 alone. 

The single biggest day so far was April 15, an unseasonably warm day when 5,600 people took scooter rides. 

You may be surprised to hear the number of complaints about scooters. 

"We've just received 26, which really isn't that many for the number of days scooters have been here and the number of rides that we've had. Improper parking has been our biggest complaint," said Kate Riordan, with the DPW. 

Friday's report was delivered to the city's Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee. The scooter pilot program runs through December. 

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