Clarisell De Cardenas
Communications & Community Affairs Director
Public Information Officer
WHEELS Brings its Seated Hybrid E-Scooter Sharing to Miami Lakes
Miami Lakes, FL (October 29, 2021) - Riders in Miami Lakes will now be able to rent electric scooters from Los Angeles-based Wheels through a mobile app that will give users easier access to more short-trip transportation options. The unique, sit-down hybrid scooters will hit the streets on Saturday, October 30, 2021.
Wheels was granted a year-long Dockless Mobility Pilot Program License, which enables companies like Wheels, to operate ride-sharing options such as bicycles, hybrid vehicles, and scooters in Miami Lakes. Wheels emerged as the most accessible option from the selection process because of its seated hybrid device. Unlike traditional stand-up scooters, the Wheels model is intended to offer greater stability due to its lower center of gravity.
Wheel’s hybrid devices also come outfitted with a sharable and smart helmet that lives on the scooter and is free for riders to use. The Wheels helmet locks into the rear fender of the bike, and riders will be able to unlock it via the app at the time of their ride. Once unlocked, the rider can adjust the fit and peel off a biodegradable headliner for a ready-to-use helmet. Sensors in the scooter recognize when the helmet is being used.
The company recently announced a partnership with NanoSeptic, the leader in self-sanitizing surfaces, on a first-of-its-kind offering in the shared transportation space. Through this partnership, Wheels devices are retrofitted to include custom-made NanoSeptic surfaces on the handlebars and brake levers. NanoSeptic surfaces contain mineral nanocrystals that are powered by any visible light to create a powerful and toxin-free oxidation reaction that continuously breaks down any organic contaminants at the microscopic level.
Companies approved for the yearlong Dockless Mobility Pilot Program will be allowed to operate up to 150 devices each at the outset.
Riders 18 and over may start enjoying the safe, affordable, and socially distanced seated shared scooter option to get you around town. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play to download the Wheels app today.
For more information, please contact:
Michael Zayas, Transportation Planning Manager, at Zayas-MoralesM@miamilakes-fl.gov or (305) 364-6100.