E-scooters available on the Blacksburg campus

Updates

NEW - winter semester 2022: Over the Winter Break, changes were made to the way Spin e-scooters are parked on campus. After riding, users must now park the scooter in one of 65 convenient parking zones across the Blacksburg campus. The zones are visible within the app - just look for a blue “P” with a white and blue circle around it.

Map of scooter parking zones marked by a blue P
Map of e-scooter parking zones in the academic district, marked by blue circles with "P."

E-scooter overview

Spin e-scooters have returned to Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Spin are partnering to conduct a study of scooter riders on Virginia Tech’s campus. The e-scooter research study, launched initially in fall 2019 and paused in March 2020 through fall semester 2021 due to COVID-19, records and analyzes trends in rider behavior, interactions with other road users, and other valuable safety data.

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How to use

  • Start by locating an available scooter by looking at the Spin App map. 
  • Tap the orange “scan” button in the app and follow the prompts guiding you through scanning the QR code on the handlebars. 
  • Once the scooter has unlocked, kick-start with your foot to help the scooter gain momentum before you hit the throttle.
  • To end your ride, swipe right in the app.

E-scooters cost $1 to unlock, and 29 cents per minute. Users who finish their ride and park their scooter in a preferred parking zone (as noted in the mobile app) will receive a credit towards their next ride. 

From Nov. 8 - Dec. 4, use promo code "VT 10" for $10 worth of free credit on your next e-scooter ride. Offer valid for up to 14 days after redemption, limited one per rider.

Users can ride e-scooters within the boundaries of Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus. E-scooters cannot be used inside buildings, on the Drillfield, in the Perry Street Area, or in any athletic facility or field on campus. E-scooters will be disabled in the evenings and in advance of high-traffic events including home football games, commencement, and during inclement weather. E-scooter access on campus will be determined by the Virginia Tech Police Department chief and the vice president for enterprise administrative and business services and is subject to change.

NEW - winter semester 2022: Over the Winter Break, changes were made to the way Spin e-scooters are parked on campus. After riding, users must now park the scooter in one of 65 convenient parking zones across the Blacksburg campus. The zones are visible within the app - just look for a blue “P” with a white and blue circle around it.

As a safety precaution, first time riders will be required to complete a safety quiz in the app and their ride will be capped at 10 mph. The following are safety and parking rules all riders are expected to follow: 
  • Use bike lanes when possible.
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Always wear a helmet while riding (free helmets are available in the Hokie Bike Hub in the first floor of the Perry Street Garage).
  • It is illegal to wear headphones, earbuds, or use cellphones while riding.
  • Avoid bobbing and weaving through traffic.
  • Don’t ride scooters while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Announce your presence when riding near pedestrians.
  • Avoid slippery, wet surfaces.
  • Never ride more than one person to a scooter.
  • When in parking lots, slow down and watch for cars.

Scooter safety video

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Visit the Spin website to find out more information, or contact the Alternative Transportation Department at 540-231-2116 or gettingaround@vt.edu.