A fifth e-scooter brand just landed in Detroit.
Superpedestrian, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this week began deploying its initial batch of a planned 300 LINK electric scooters in the city.
The silver-and-bright-yellow scooters are activated by smartphone and work similarly to Bird, Lime and Spin scooters in that riders can just park them most anywhere when done. Another brand in the city, Boaz Bikes, has blue scooter-like vehicles with seats for riders and a basket for carrying items.
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Superpedestrian claims LINK scooters are more rugged than other brands and less likely to break down from hard use, which is a common problem for scooters in Detroit.
Rides on LINK scooters cost $1 to unlock and 39 cents per minute. The company is temporarily waiving the $1 unlock fee to celebrate its local debut. Detroit residents who receive local, state or federal assistance can qualify for cheaper rides.
Superpedestrian says it hires in-house employees to collect and recharge the scooters, a contrast to some companies that offer per-scooter bounties to the paid volunteers.
LINK scooters launched last year and are in 50 cities worldwide. Detroit is the first location in Michigan and under city regulations, the scooters max out at 15 mph..
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