• Evan Jones

Gotcha scooters plan arrival in East Lansing on August 18

Advertising management senior Dom Rea unlocks a Lime scooter using his phone Oct. 10, 2018, at Grand River Avenue. CJ Weiss | The State News


Electric scooters will return to East Lansing with a tentative deployment date of August 18, City Manager George Lahanas confirmed.

Gotcha, a company that was seeking a city permit since at least April, completed a licensing agreement this summer.

Lahanas said the city has proactively worked with Gotcha to create deployment zones for their arrival date and beyond.

He said some residents were frustrated before because they thought there was no process and that scooters were parked almost anywhere

“I think that this is something hopefully where they’ll be trapped in much more established locations,” Lahanas said.

Spin sent in an application but has not completed the agreement process thus far.

The city’s licensing agreement process is open to any company that wants to enroll and pay the fees to operate dockless scooters throughout the city.

Michigan State has not yet decided to sign a request for proposal, or RFP, agreement with a scooter company to determine which scooters can deploy on MSU’s campus.

MSU hasn’t announced any details of their ongoing RFP process, but East Lansing city officials have been clued in since February.

The MSU Board of Trustees lifted a ban on electric scooters riding through campus in its May 2019 meeting, which means students can use scooters on campus, but at this point, the scooters will not be deployed there.