(MANHATTAN, KS – August 13, 2020) The City of Manhattan has finalized an agreement with LINK, a micro-mobility network company offering e-scooter ride sharing to cities and universities across the country. LINK will begin with an initial launch of 150 e-scooters on August 15, 2020, and can expand to up to 500 e-scooters distributed across the community and Kansas State University campus. K-State holds a separate agreement with LINK.
LINK allows anyone age 18 and up to rent these dockless e-scooters around the city and on K-State’s Manhattan campus. To use the e-scooters, download the "LINK — Scooter Sharing" app on a smartphone. It costs $1 to unlock an e-scooter and 25 cents per minute to ride.
“We applaud Manhattan’s & K-State’s commitment to connecting the community through alternative transit," said Assaf Biderman, CEO, LINK. "We are excited to offer K-State and Manhattan our next-generation vehicles and an additional open-air transportation option at a time when its needed most.”
Riders must follow all state and local laws regarding use of e-scooters within the City of Manhattan, including but not limited to:
- Per state law, e-scooters can be ridden on public streets and must adhere to the same traffic regulations as bicycles set forth by state and local laws, with the exception that it is unlawful to ride e-scooters on any interstate, federal or state highway within the City except when crossing (which include Tuttle Creek Boulevard, Fort Riley Boulevard, Seth Child Road, and East Poyntz Avenue).
- City Ordinance prohibits riding e-scooters on the sidewalks and plaza areas located within the Aggieville and Downtown Business Districts. It also prohibits operating or riding the devices in City parking lots and garages.
- If a person is operating any of these devices on city sidewalks or plazas elsewhere in the city, the person must yield to pedestrians and signal before passing a pedestrian. In addition, the rider can only travel at a speed that is “reasonable and prudent under existing conditions,” which in no case shall exceed 15 mph. These rider conduct provisions help protect the safety of the riders and pedestrians who are sharing the sidewalks.
- City Ordinance requires riders to park e-scooters in City-approved racks or locations while within the Aggieville or Downtown Districts. This maintains City control of parking locations in these busy districts.
- In other parts of the city, a rider can only park on street side curbing, where not otherwise prohibited; in City-approved racks or locations; or on private property where parking is authorized by the owner. Parking on public sidewalks that are not within a City-approved rack or other location is prohibited, as well on private property where parking is not allowed.
The City of Manhattan agreement provides LINK defined access on city streets, sidewalks, rights-of-way, parks and trails for the deployment of their e-scooter program. The full agreement with LINK and the City of Manhattan can be accessed on the city’s website.
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