PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of e-scooters with seats are joining Portland’s one-year pilot program.

Two scooter companies, Razor and Shared, brought a total of 725 seated e-scooters to Portland. The new scooters are available now.

Shared, based in Tacoma, Wash., brought 200 e-scooters to Portland. Razor, based in California, brought 525 scooters.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the seated scooters will make scooters more accessible, especially to those with disabilities. The move was in response to input from the community during the city’s 2018 e-scooter pilot program, PBOT said.

Shared e-scooter
A seated e-scooter from Shared.
Shared.com

The seated e-scooters have larger wheels and wider tires than stand-up scooters.

“There is still a significant amount of work to be done to achieve equity in transportation, but the addition of seated e-scooters to our local fleet opens up this mode of transport to many more Portlanders,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.

Razor and Shared join Bolt, Lime and Spin as companies with scooters in Portland’s 2019 pilot program, which began on April 26.

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The new e-scooters bring Portland’s total number of permitted scooters to 1,975, PBOT said.