NEWARK, NJ – Newark is moving a step closer to providing greener public transportation options after the city council passed an ordinance this week to introduce a licensing process for the operation of shared dockless bicycles and scooters.
The ordinance follows the city’s NewarkGo initiative, which aims to connect residents to workplaces, schools, homes, healthcare facilities and other essential services through the joint dockless vehicle pilot program. The initiative aims to complement the use of public transport and create more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods without being solely dependent on automobiles.
“NewarkGo was developed by Newarkers for Newarkers,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement. “By offering a new way of getting around our city, we can help people gain access to new jobs and opportunities, better connect neighborhoods and close the gaps in our transport network. On the road to recovery, such mobility innovations will help boost the economy and get people to where they need to be safe, fast and inexpensive. ”
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The ordinance envisages a six-month pilot program during which a maximum of 2,000 permits for dockless vehicles will be issued to applicants who are approved and meet city requirements.
As the city wants to offer residents more sustainable public transportation, options like e-scooters have already been offered in the Central Ward.
Earlier this month, the Saint James AME Church was opened at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to become one of the city’s first docking stations. The Church has partnered with e-scooter rental company White Fox to begin rolling out the city’s newest public transit system.
Users 18 and over can use a smartphone app to locate docking stations and unlock a vehicle by scanning the handlebars. At the end of each day, a balancing team ensures that all the scooters are evenly distributed.
Saint James AME Pastor Ronald Slaughter recognized the Church as the ideal partner for at least eight new e-scooter stations and told TAPinto Newark that he was proud to partner with White Fox to help local residents of One stop to the next Enjoy the convenience of downtown.
“It shows Saint James’ commitment to the community,” Slaughter said. “We want people to have access to this alternative form of transport. We don’t want people to have to go all the way there [Newark] Penn Station or all the way downtown to City Hall. We want them to be able to come directly into the community. ”
The city’s dockless vehicle approval program application is now available online at newarkehd.com/planningzoning/newarkgo and can be emailed to NewarkGO@ci.newark.nj.us starting May 11th.
To be considered for a permit, applicants must meet all of the requirements listed in the permit application. Applicants are strongly advised to check the city’s regulations and program rules.
The NewarkGo program was developed in collaboration with the city’s Department of Engineering and the Department of Economic and Housing Development.
For more information on the permit application and the program, see Program: Newarkgo – PZO – Newark EHD.