Riders rode scooters 673,990 times over Hoboken’s six month e-scooter pilot program, according to the city’s Department of Transportation and Parking.
And according to a DTP survey between Oct. 23 and Nov. 10., three out of four people want the program to continue as is or with improvements.
Of 2,100 respondents, 93 percent were Hoboken residents and 66 percent had ridden a scooter at least once during the six month pilot program.
Survey findings will supplement an ongoing study commissioned by the city, the creation of a micromobility advisory committee of councilmembers and representatives of the city’s DOT, and the issuance of a request for information from micromobility companies to provide more information for a potential future e-scooter sharing program in Hoboken.
During the pilot, 73 percent reportedly took taxis and ride hailing services frequently, and 60 percent reportedly drove less often. Some (163) reduced the number of cars they owned or delayed the purchase of one due to scooters, the survey found, and 203 respondents said they would consider doing so.
In terms of convenience, 64 percent said e-scooters made it easy to get around, and 73 percent said they made it easier to connect to public transport.
About half of users said they used e-scooters to connect to public transit one a week.
Of business owners surveyed, 86 percent of their employees and 65 percent of their customers used scooters to get to their business. Six in 10 said that such scooters made it easier for people to reach their business.
Originally, the e-scooter pilot program engaged two types of scooters, but the contract with one of the companies, OjO Electric, was terminated in September. Leaving Lime as the only operator from September onward.
Phil Jones, senior government relations director at Lime, said that the DTP survey shows that Hoboken residents enjoyed the program.
“This survey and our rider data demonstrated: scooters replaced hundreds of thousands of car trips in Hoboken, making the air cleaner and streets safer; scooters improved connections to transit, speeding up commutes and reducing traffic; scooters boosted local businesses by easing connections and making everything in town more accessible,” Jones said in a statement. “As the first city in New Jersey to operate scooters, we are grateful to the City of Hoboken and its residents for welcoming our innovative transportation option, and look forward to continuing to serve the people of Hoboken in the future.”
Riders rode 613,000 miles altogether, saving over 500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. Of 82,000 unique riders, 12,000 were scooter faithfuls, taking 10 or more trips.