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Spin e-scooters wheel into Tempe and triple number in Phoenix

Jan 24, 2020, 4:30 PM | Updated: Feb 21, 2020, 10:52 am

(Spin Photo)...

(Spin Photo)

(Spin Photo)

PHOENIX – While other electronic scooter operators have been pulling out the metro Phoenix market, one micromobility company is upping its Valley presence.

Spin announced Friday it was tripling its fleet size in Phoenix and rolling out 300 e-scooters in Tempe.

Spin, a unit of Ford Motor Company, is the last remaining vendor in Phoenix’s e-scooter pilot program, which started in September 2019.

The company is adding 600 e-scooters to its existing 300 in Phoenix.

Lime and Bird pulled out of the Phoenix program soon after it launched.

The program will conclude March 16. After that, the city will open up applications to other vendors.

Lime pulled out of Tempe over a year ago.

Ride-hailing company Lyft also threw in the towel on e-scooters in the Valley last fall.

The Tempe City Council unanimously passed new rules for bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters in August.

The changes reflected Tempe’s Vision Zero traffic-safety policy to reduce fatalities and serious injuries caused in crashes. Motorized scooters of any sort have been banned from Arizona State University.

Spin, which utilizes geofencing technology and “Spin Hub” charging stations to comply with local regulations, is operating in 62 U.S. cities.

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Spin e-scooters wheel into Tempe and triple number in Phoenix