Hartford electric scooters have logged 17,000 trips since debut in late April

Hartford’s new scooter-sharing program logged more than 17,000 trips in just over a month, according to a report released on Monday.

The first LINK electric scooters appeared in downtown Hartford on April 22. Today, some 250 commendable scooters are parked around the state capital, the Hartford Courant reported.

“We had high hopes it would be a prosperous city for us, but it’s a jewel in the crown,” Paul White of Superpedestrian, an engineering company that created the scooters, told the newspaper. We see a lot of anecdotal evidence coming in on people using it to connect to the bus, using it as a backup of the bus.

The scooters come after a bike-sharing program proved problematic in Hartford. After less than a year, Lime bikes were retired in early 2019 amid reports of damage and theft.

Two scooters have been damaged so far, White said. He said the parts of the scooters did not fit other models, which discouraged people from trying to steal them.

Rides cost $ 1 upfront, plus 35 cents per minute, with discounts for those in need. The walks are free for people going to coronavirus vaccination appointments.

LINK scooters are present in more than 30 cities around the world.

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