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.