E-scooters available now on the Blacksburg campus

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 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. 

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.

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
  • Park scooters within 5 feet of a bike rack or in designated scooter parking areas
  • DO NOT park your scooter in the road, in the middle of sidewalks, at bus stops or benches, loading zones, landscaped areas, driveways, or curb ramps.
  • Always wear a helmet while riding
  • 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
  • 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.