Grand Rapids launches free pass with Spin for residents facing mobility barriers

GRAND RAPIDS, me. – The City of Grand Rapids is working with Micromobility Partner Spin to launch the Spin Community Pass

The pass was developed for residents in need and, according to a press release on Tuesday, allows residents to take up to five 30-minute scooter rides a day within three months.

This city-funded pilot program offers Grand Rapids residents faced with transportation barriers such as limited income and access to credit cards or smartphones who need more options, up to 650 passes.

The city is working with the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP, West Michigan Works, Baxter Community Center, Grand Rapids Urban League, and West Michigan Hispanic Center to distribute the passports.

Program participants are also entitled to a free protective helmet.

“This program is an opportunity to explore ways to reduce transportation costs and improve city residents’ access to mobility solutions,” said Kristin Bennett, project manager. “We’re excited to be working with Spin and the community partners on these priorities in the city’s strategic plan.”

The Scooter Share pilot program, launched in the fall of 2020, has since deployed e-scooters in a 12 square mile area including downtown, neighborhoods, and business districts.

City officials say the pilot is serving 74% of underserved neighborhoods to assess how shared micromobility services can contribute to Grand Rapids’ multimodal transportation system.

Spin offers a safety quiz for users here.

In addition, Spin Access, a program that offers a 50% discount on driving fees, is still available to qualified residents. More information can be found here.

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