Spin program at Eastern Michigan University wins over students

A student smiles while riding a Spin electric scooter across campus on a crisp fall day.

YPSILANTI – A new, eco-friendly mode of transportation is gaining popularity on Eastern Michigan University’s campus. Spin electric scooters, or e-scooters, represent an efficient alternative to single-occupancy vehicles.

Since the arrival of the Spin e-scooters in September, the e-scooter fleet has grown from 40 to 100 scooters for students to use to get to classes and for trips across campus. To date, more than 900 users have traveled 5,000 trips across campus.

“We’re thrilled the campus community has embraced the Spin program,” said Walter Kraft, vice president for communications at EMU. “You can’t walk across campus without seeing people riding the e-scooters. We anticipate the momentum will continue to grow when we enter the warmer months next year.” 

Spin e-scooters are available for rental at marked corrals adjacent to existing bike racks on the EMU campus. Riders must be at least 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license, and download the Spin app.

Safety tips to keep in mind when using e-scooters:

  • Stay clear of vehicles
  • Always yield to pedestrians
  • Ride sober
  • One rider per spin
  • Return scooters to designated areas

Students who use the app can contact support through the app if they have questions. For any concerns, contact Kathryn Wilhof at (888) 262-5189 or by email at support@spin.pm. Learn more at the University's electric scooter page

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

About Spin 
Spin, recently acquired by TIER Mobility, operates electric bikes and scooters on North American cities and campuses. Spin launched the first-ever stationless bike share program in the United States and was instrumental in crafting the world’s first mobility permitting system that is now used around the world. Spin consists of a diverse team of experienced professionals from government and private sectors, and the transportation advocacy world, all of whom are committed to fulfilling the company’s mission - to help create a world full of 15-minute cities. https://www.spin.app  

November 09, 2022

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Melissa Thrasher

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