In light of reduced capacity on buses due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions and the end of a bike share service for the upcoming academic year, Texas State University began negotiations with Spin to deploy electric scooters as a means of augmenting available transportation options for students. Such a deployment on campus, however, would necessitate allowing the use of scooters on city streets as students travel to downtown businesses and other locations around the city. The City viewed this as an opportunity to conduct a pilot program with Spin to evaluate the impact of electric scooters through the end of the University’s Spring semester. The pilot program was used to assess infrastructure limitations and public safety concerns associated with the use of scooters in the city.
In partnership with Texas State University, a joint request for proposal was released to the public. September 2021 council approved SPIN as the full time provider of micromobility for the City of San Marcos.