A Spin scooter rider stops at the intersection of State and Pierce Streets, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in West Lafayette. Staff photo: Nikos Frazier
A Spin scooter rider stops at the intersection of State and Pierce Streets, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in West Lafayette. Staff photo: Nikos Frazier
WEST LAFAYETTE – Electric scooters disappeared from Lafayette and West Lafayette streets on Friday.

But, unlike the sudden, surprise exit when California-based Bird Rides pulled more than 1,000 of its scooters off West Lafayette streets days before Christmas 2018 – leaving as mysteriously as they had arrived the August before – Ford Motor Co.-owned Spin’s winter departure came with a heads up.

“As the seasons change, not only are the leaves falling, but the scooters are also going away,” West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis told the West Lafayette City Council last week.

Erik Carlson, the city’s development director, said Spin officials told the city that the smartphone-activated, rental scooters -- $1 to start, plus 15 cents per minute – would be back in March, “weather depending.”

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at a second season of scooters in West Lafayette and Lafayette, starting when Spin arrived in early June, based on ride-share data Spin provided West Lafayette as part of its permit requirements.

TOTAL TRIPS:
Spin racked up 67,731 rides between the June 23 launch and Oct. 5, the most recent date available, with one more month’s worth of rides still to count.

AVERAGE NUMBER OF RIDES PER SCOOTER: That varied by location, with the heat map hottest on and near Purdue’s campus. Here’s the breakdown of rides per scooter per day, based on location:
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