A one-year pilot agreement with Spin, a company owned by Ford Motor Co., has deployed 200 electric scooters throughout campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

The pilot involving the University of Michigan, city of Ann Arbor and Spin, will offer accessible and affordable transportation through a phone app.

The e-scooter-sharing company is looking to improve safety, while offering a sustainable alternative to navigating around campus and the city.

“Our goal is to have a safe and flexible mobility option that could help the campus community reduce parking demand, vehicle emissions and dependency on single-occupancy vehicles,” said Steve Dolen, executive director of Logistics, Transportation and Parking.

While the scooters provide a unique way of exploring campus, additional mobility options such as the Spin scooters should not take away from healthy options of transportation, such as walking or biking, Dolen added.

Photo of Spin scooters
People will be seeing these Spin scooters around campus under a pilot agreement with Ford-owned company. (Photo courtesy of Spin)

Some safety features of the pilot include campus “no-ride” zones established by geo-fencing certain areas, including the Grove, Diag, Law Quad and Palmer Commons/Central Campus Recreation Building bridges.

Scooters will also substantially slow down when approaching certain areas with a high volume of pedestrians. Riding on U-M sidewalks is not permitted.

Scooters will be placed near campus bike rack locations on Ross Athletic, Central, Medical and North campuses. Spin employees will collect, charge and redeploy scooters as needed.

Riders must use the Spin smartphone app to access the service, which costs $1 to unlock a scooter and 15 cents a minute for travel.