The National Zoo’s Bei Bei is leaving D.C. for China Nov. 19. The week-long goodbye kicks off this Monday.

THE NEWS:

D.C. could see upward of 20,000 dockless scooters and bikes next year. The District Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for its two year old dockless vehicle program, writes Curbed’s Andrew Giambrone.  

That means the number of rides could more than double: Roughly 6,200 dockless vehicles are currently permitted, and DDOT is increasing the number to 10,000 bikes and 10,000 scooters in 2020. 

DDOT solicited feedback for its new policy between Sept. 25 and Oct. 30, and received 270 comments from 133 unique users. The agency says most were concerned about safety. A scan of the comments shows many were concerned about the dockless vehicles obstructing the sidewalks or conflicting with pedestrians and cars. But a lot also expressed gratitude for having a quick way to ride. (While not exact science, a City Paper race shows e-scooters were almost as fast as ride-hailing and a lot less expensive.) 

One comment was especially harrowing: “Last month, I got a traumatic brain injury when I was hit by a pair of young children (aged 10-12) who were riding a rented e-scooter in Columbia Heights. I went in an ambulance to the ER, then spent time in the surgery ICU. My memory has been permanently damaged… If you must expand the number of scooters in the city, please tell me how you are going to do it safely, and where the money will come from for enforcement of safety rules.”

Meanwhile, the Council is working on legislation to regulate dockless vehicles. Lawmakers thought about banning overnight riding, but decided against it. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

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