We have a unique process to roll out hundreds of stations in a short time with success.
Our scooter share stations are highly functional and make way for lively public spaces.
Our designs incorporate all local regulations and codes for maximum compliance.
Are You Looking to Rollout Scooter Share Stations?
Scooters or e-scooters was introduced as a shared mobility service in 2017 in the USA. The trend has picked up really strong with e-scooters operating in 65 US cities. Scooters have the potential to solve the transportation goals of major cities in our nation. As cities grow and traffic becomes worse, e-scooters can go a long way to help people reach their destinations safely and efficiently in less time.
The electric scooter sharing market is growing strongly as most citizens in the country have a favorable perception of the service. The electric scooter market size is expected to reach 28.56 billion by 2025 with more cities adopting the model of transport.
E-scooters have also become popular due to their environment-friendly nature. The scooters use batteries instead of fuel and help fight pollution and the dreaded consequences of climate change. In fact, within one year or introduction, electric scooters have been able to save 17.95 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
Popular e-scooter sharing companies in the USA have already crossed the mark of 10 million rides which continue to grow with every passing day.
The operation of scooter sharing model is largely dependent on the share stations where the scooters are parked or docked. The share stations provide a space to accommodate and rent scooters and feature terminals for check-in and check-out. The stations also have the infrastructure to take payments and offer information to the riders.
New York Engineers offers professional scooter share station design and rollout services across the USA. Our design process is scalable and can support the rollout of hundreds of stations in record time. We help you from the inception of your project till the rollout so that you never have to worry about a thing. Our engineers have developed hundreds of stations and can help your project achieve success and efficiency.
Scooter Share Station Design Principles
Every city or town in the US has different conditions, culture and regulations. You will need to consider several factors while designing a scooter share station that blends into its surrounding without impeding traffic or pedestrian movement. Each scenario will have unique considerations but there are some general principles which apply to scooter share stations.
Some of the principles are as follows-
Convenience and Accessibility
Scooter share stations should have a convenient location. Pedestrians and riders should be able to find the stations and use the scooters without any hindrance around the clock, at all times of the year. If your station is hidden behind walls or hard to locate, you might lose out on your potential riders.
We design our stations with maximum visibility which helps riders easily find your station. Our team may use techniques like glowing signs or dividers to attract riders if your station is not placed optimally. A highly-accessible station not only draws riders, but also encourages sponsors and advertisers to hire your space.
Designed for Safety
A scooter share station must be designed with safety in mind. For instance, no one will want to use a station which has poor lighting as they may feel personally unsafe. All stations we design are properly lit and can even incorporate solar power for energy savings.
Stations can also be designed as a tool to calm high volumes of traffic in a city. We can use various station setups to control traffic effectively without compromising the safety of pedestrians or riders. We also try to take advantage of locations which encounter a high volume of pedestrian traffic for maximizing your profit.
We design scooter share stations in a way that makes it easy for service personnel to access the stations and do their work without any problems. The stations are always accessible for rebalancing and performing maintenance without hindrances.
If you have opted for solar power, we will ensure your station receives adequate sun exposure to be able to function. Our designs help you create operationally feasible stations that provide high usability.
Enhance Pedestrian Environment
Scoter share stations should not disrupt the surrounding pedestrian realm. We design our stations to enhance the overall pedestrian environment without blocking their movement. Our team can use different station orientation or placement to leave ample room for pedestrians and other people passing by.
Scooter share stations should have proper clearances so that they don't hinder operations. For example, we provide enough clearance in our designs so that riders can take out the scooters without any problem.
Some sidewalks or curbs may not have the required space for docking and undocking scooters. In such cases, we can take innovative approaches like creating an upright parking configuration to allow smooth operation.
Blends in Streetscape Hierarchy
Properly designed scooter share stations become a part of the streetscape hierarchy. The station should have precedence over moveable objects like standard scooter racks or drive rails. At the same time, they should not block or create conflict with major streetscape components like bus stops, fire hydrants, transit stops or loading docks. Station plates should not cover utility access points while scooters can overlap utility points.
We design the stations to become a part of the streetscape which integrates with the surroundings seamlessly. Our stations enhance the usability and value of the space, making way for lively public spaces.
We follow the best practices in the industry and use innovative techniques to design scooter share stations. No matter where your location is, we can help you create a fully-functional station that riders can use in a simple and easy manner.
Configurations of Scooter Share Stations
You can go for a range of station configurations based on your budget, goals and objectives. The configuration of stations also depends on the nature of demand, available space, the streetscape and the required visual impact you want to create. Here are some configurations that we use for our station designs-
Manual and Automated Stations
Most of the scooter share stations in the USA are automated. Automated stations enable riders to check in or check out scooters automatically and make payments electronically using terminals or kiosks. Automated stations have a more complex design and installation compared to manual stations and come with increased capital costs. The costs gradually reduce over time which makes automated stations a preferred choice.
Automated stations will have required docking infrastructure to lock the scooters and wireless connectivity to between the docking and terminal. This enables riders to rent and return scooters automatically, make payments and avail information without the need of a human attendant. We design automated stations with required infrastructure and technology to help you offer superior service to your customers.
You can also go for manual stations if you have a limited budget and want to keep your operations simple. Manual stations generally have an attendant who helps riders check in and check out scooters. They also accept payments and help provide customer service which is missing in case of automated stations.
Manual stations are much simpler to design and can also be rolled out in less time. You can also lower your capital costs though long-term operating costs may be higher than automated stations. Manual stations also don't need complex technology as the attendant performs all necessary work and coordination. Manual stations are often really simple with basic locking mechanism and a space to park the scooters.
`Permanent and Modular Stations
You can either go for permanent or modular scooter share stations. Permanent stations are constructed at the location and require digging and trenching. The stations also need excavation to reach the power source and takes a longer time to construct compared to modular stations. Permanent stations are just like other permanent construction and cannot be moved or removed.
Modular stations have become more popular across the USA for their flexibility and ease of installation. The stations are generally developed over a base which is then bolted into the asphalt or concrete. We can design modular stations which utilize a single base for housing the docking locations and terminals for accepting payments or providing information.
Modular stations mostly use independent sources of power like solar energy and don't need any excavation. You can also easily change their location by removing the bolts and taking it to a favorable location with more demand. Modular stations also take less time to build and install.
Automated stations can use two types of configuration- docking spaces and scooter parking areas.
Docks allow riders to park one scooter in each space. The size of the station depends on the number of docks and provides flexibility to blend into the surrounding urban landscape. You will need more space for docking stations compared to parking spaces. Docks can either be single or connected and can house a scooter in a horizontal or upright position.
You can benefit from a scooter parking area if you plan to develop a big station that accommodates 50 or more scooters. Parking spaces we design may have fences or barricades to ensure safety and proper storage of the scooters.
Your location and needs will determine the docking style you need to adopt. Docking spaces are able to integrate better into urban environments and don't create obstructions as they are porous. The parking areas with fences may not be suitable for all locations as they hinder pedestrian movement.
We can help you decide which type of configuration to go for based on your objectives and location.
Why Choose New York Engineers?
New York Engineers can become your ideal partner in solving the traffic problems in our cities. We can help you design and rollout hundreds of scooter share stations with our innovative and repeatable process. Our reach encompasses the whole country and enables us to perform nationwide rollouts with ease and efficiency.
We can help you determine the right type of station based on your location and provide guidance through every step of the process. Our engineers design aesthetically-pleasing stations with applicable technologies to help you provide stellar service to your customers. You can always expect to attract more riders and sponsors to increase your revenue stream when you work with us.
If you are looking to host scooter share stations, we can help you execute your project for optimum results. We offer our services in any city or town in the country and abide by local regulations and standards. Contact us today to learn more about our scooter share station design and roll out service.