The e-scooters were still rolling at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, as Bird and Lime set up a tent near the entrance to Boise City Hall.
The purpose of the demo was to show people how to operate the scooters and talk about safety and courtesy on Boise roads prior to deploying them in the City of Trees. There's no word yet on exactly when that will happen, but representatives at Lime have said it will likely take place in October.
Further demonstrations and information sessions are scheduled for later this week. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Bird and Lime will be at Rotary Plaza in Julia Davis Park from 3-4 p.m., and on Wednesday, Oct. 17, they will be at the shelter in Esther Simplot Park from 6-7 p.m.
Original post Oct. 12, 2018, 2:03 p.m.:
The City of Boise, gearing up toward the imminent release of e-scooters in the City of Trees, has announced it will host e-scooter education and training events at locations across town.
The events are slated for Monday, Oct. 15, from noon-1 p.m. at Boise City Hall; on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 3-4 p.m. at Rotary Plaza in Julia Davis Park; and on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6-7 p.m. at the shelter in Esther Simplot Park. There, people can meet with representatives of the two e-scooter companies that have submitted applications to do business in Boise—Bird and Lime—and learn about using the scooters safely and courteously on Boise streets.
City leaders first said the e-scooters would make their debuts in Boise on Oct. 15, but their rollout, according to the city, will happen sometime before Halloween. According to Lime's application, the company has asked to release 250 e-scooters in Boise.
Lime e-scooters first appeared in Meridian in late September, but within a week, they had been pulled from the streets after approximately a dozen were impounded by the Ada County Highway District for impeding the right-of-way. In early October, the Meridian City Council asked Lime to delay reintroducing its e-scooters until mid-May while the company works with stakeholders to address problems with the initial rollout.
While events unfolded in Meridian, Boise City leaders said they had placed their faith in a package of ordinances passed earlier this summer that create a licensure system for bike-share and e-scooter companies, with caps and minima on the number of devices they can deploy on city streets.