In December 2019, UCF Student Government announces its exclusive partnership with Spin, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, to bring e-scooters and charging stations to campus in January 2020. The service is being overseen by UCF Parking and Transportation Services.
During the fall semester, UCF SG launched a rigorous process that required operators to develop a proposal based on criteria outlined by the students. UCF and Spin collaboratively designed a custom e-scooter share program committed to ensuring students, faculty, staff and visitors are operating vehicles safely and responsibly. Students also demoed the product to evaluate features and test geofencing options, such as no ride and no parking zones.
“Our entire executive cabinet has been working diligently these past months to bring this new and exciting service to UCF,” says Kevin Olsen, UCF SG’s director of Community Affairs. ”This has been one of the most popular platform points and we are proud to be partnered with a company that we know will cater to UCF students’ needs.”
The launch in January brings about 300 Spin e-scooters to campus, with hundreds of other devices potentially being added after that. Spin will also install 12 charging stations, called Spin Hubs, and incentivize riders to park at these stations. Spin Hubs address scooter clutter, making sure vehicles are parked orderly on campus.
“Our partnership with UCF was focused on co-designing a safe e-scooter program tailored to campus needs,” says John Lankford, University Partnerships at Spin. “We’re especially excited about a series of pre-launch safety events that we’re developing with the students. Studies show safety incidents are more likely to occur during a riders first time using an e-scooter. We’re working to prevent this by having a presence on campus in the weeks prior to launch.”
Spin and UCF are taking further action to facilitate safe operations by restricting e-scooters from exiting the main campus’ perimeter, creating speed-regulated zones in pedestrian heavy areas, and initiating a curfew to minimize risk of using while impaired.
“Campus mobility is one of the most important factors in overall student satisfaction, and this micro-mobility partnership will increase access across our growing campus,” says Emmett Davy, UCF SG’s Transportation and Safety coordinator. “Above all, safety remains our top priority as we try to ensure that students get where they need to go quickly and efficiently.”