Rotary scooters are now available on the campus of Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTI, MI — Students on campus at Eastern Michigan University now have a new mode of transportation to get around campus — a deployment of Spin electric scooters.

The scooters became available for rent on Monday, September 19 in marked corrals adjacent to existing bike racks throughout the EMU campus.

Spin initially deployed 50 scooters on the Ypsilanti campus. Spin’s director of operations, Mark Rozycki, said the number of scooters deployed will depend on ridership and demand, with a cap set at 150 scooters.

Riders must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and download the Spin app. From there, riders pay $1 to unlock the scooter and 39 cents per minute to ride. A new promotion offers students a $5 credit if they download the Spin app, chief operating officer Mark Rozycki said.

Students are also incentivized to return scooters with Spin offering 50-cent parking credits in designated scooter zones, Rozycki said, with marked parking zones on the Spin app.

“It’s a way to steer students in the right direction with parking and not lead them astray on campus,” Rozycki said.

Spin scooters also adhere to the “geo-fence” which causes the scooters to drop speed in designated “slow zones” on campus, with the scooters dropping from their normal top speed of 15mph to 8mph. The app also does not provide any parking zones, where scooters do not work.

“Our main goal here is to reduce automobile congestion on campus and make things safer for pedestrians, overall,” Rozycki said.

Scooters are available for use on the EMU campus and around town. Battery-powered scooters are available across campus and powered by 100% renewable energy.

“The new electric scooters support EMU’s efforts to advance campus mobility and sustainability,” said EMU spokesperson Walter Kraft. “EMU is at the forefront of providing safe and efficient micromobility options and the ability to continue to implement technology that improves our campus infrastructure to enable e-bikes, e-scooters, pedestrians, cyclists and student shuttles to coexist.”

Spin has partnered with other Michigan universities, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Oakland University and Calvin College, Rozycki said.

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