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Brooklynites test-drive high-tech LINK scooters at Brooklyn Navy Yard, as city shops for shared e-scooter operator

LINK also donates 50 brand new bicycles to essential workers

September 4, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Superpedestrian’s LINK scooter made its debut in Brooklyn on Friday, with the LINK team hosting a safety class and test ride for its next-generation e-scooters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The event demonstrated the state-of-the-art technology that makes LINK’s vehicles safer for riders and pedestrians, and better-managed on crowded NYC streets.

Cyclists, business owners, and nearby residents were some of the first New Yorkers to ride the next-generation scooter as the City readies its search for a shared e-scooter operator.

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At the event, LINK donated 50 brand new bicycles valued at $50,000 to frontline, essential, and mutual aid workers who were on hand to pick up and ride off on their new bikes.

Recipients included urgent care nurses, caretakers for the elderly, and food pantry delivery workers who registered through Transportation Alternatives’ #BikeMatch program to support immigrant, TGNCIQ, and parent essential workers, as well as through Make the Road New York and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

“We believe in promoting micromobility in all its forms. That’s why we came out today to help essential workers gain access to bicycles, and to show Brooklynites a new, safe and low-cost way to get around the city” said Assaf Biderman, Founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, LINK’s parent company.

A health worker picked up her new bike at the Brooklyn Navy Yard giveaway event.

E-scooters were recently legalized in New York City and the NYC Department of Transportation will release an RFP this fall for a shared program, similar to Citibike, to start in 2021.

Shared e-scooters have proliferated in recent years, but not without controversy. Scooter safety and devices left cluttering sidewalks have been persistent problems.

The LINK scooter, using patented technology developed over more than seven years, fundamentally rethinks scooter technology to address these issues. LINK, with its comprehensive hardware and software system, is the only company that has fully designed their e-scooter, including its unique control electronics and proprietary self-protection and self-diagnostic technologies.

LINK scooters are engineered with automated and customizable control technologies, which enable cities to control where vehicles are parked and ridden to keep them off sidewalks and enforce no-riding zones to protect pedestrians.

The scooter’s Vehicle Intelligence System continually monitors more than 140 indicators of vehicle performance and proactively self-detects vehicle problems, correcting issues remotely or autonomously removing unsafe devices from service.

LINK is the shared micromobility platform of Superpedestrian, a mobility engineering and technology company that develops and launches urban transport solutions. It is the first operator to offer electric vehicles with self-diagnostic and self-protection technologies, enabling safe shared fleets that can operate profitably in more communities than its competitors.

LINK currently operates in several US cities and will launch in Rome, Italy later this month.

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