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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

E-Scooters Could Potentially Make a Comeback in Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 12:42 PM

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After a failed experiment by the Bird Scooter Company last summer, Cleveland City Council is considering allowing electric scooters to officially roam the streets of our fair city — and this time with restrictions in place.

In a meeting Monday afternoon, city council discussed the proposal that, if enacted, would require scooter riders to follow the same laws as bicyclists.

Further ideas, according to a press release, included vendors paying a daily fee to the city of Cleveland of $1 per scooter or bike. All of those funds would go to a still-to-be-organized Transportation Infrastructure Fund, which would directly cover bike lane costs around the city. The city would also build more bike/scooter racks to house the devices.

Proposed safety rules would also include:

-A person operating a mobility device is prohibited on any street with a speed limit over 35.
-No person operating a mobility device shall exceed a speed greater than 15 miles per hour.
-No person shall park a mobility device on a sidewalk in such a manner that interferes with pedestrian flow.
-All mobility devices must be parked in an upright position

It's still unclear if this proposal is moving forward at this time. Meanwhile, the debate over e-scooter safety rages on.

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