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Miami gives scooters two more months in trial

Written by on October 1, 2019
Miami gives scooters two more months in trial

Scooters can remain on city of Miami at least a bit longer.

With the first six months of a pilot program wrapped up, the Miami City Commission last week voted to renew the scooter program two more months. The second iteration has added measures to address safety concerns, as emphasized by Chairman Ken Russell, whose district will continue being the sole area of scooter operation in the city,

He made floor amendments during the meeting, allowing scooter vendors to maintain their fleet size, protecting the Deco Bicycle dock stations from encroachment by scooters, and ordering the administration to run two spot checks a month to verify the data.

“This one is the most important one to me to stop unauthorized, underage riding,” Mr. Russell said as he explained an amendment. “Every company now will have to scan a driver’s license to start the app. If anyone is found to be using the app that is not that a registered user, the companies must charge the user $100.”

Stripped from the pilot after objections from Wifredo “Willy” Gort was a proposed ancillary program that would have allowed motorized bicycles in the district.

“I’ve seen it, and they can be pretty fast and they can be very dangerous,” Commissioner Gort said.    

While voting went as expected, with Mr. Russell, Mr. Gort and Keon Hardemon voting for the pilot, Mr. Hardemon opposed a first motion that would have extended the program six months. He said he’d like the commission to discuss the pilot again to decide whether to request proposals or to continue having scooters in the city on a pilot basis. 

Joe Carollo voted against the pilot program, while Manolo Reyes wasn’t at the dais for the vote. Both voted against the first iteration of the pilot, citing safety concerns.

In addition to the amendments proposed by Mr. Russell, the pilot will now call for vendors to put identification numbers on scooters’ poles. The numbers would help in reporting of scooter misuse.

While the second iteration will still allow scooter riders on streets and sidewalks, speed will be limited to 7 miles per hour on sidewalks compared to 15 in bike lanes and streets. Users will also have to photograph their scooters after each ride. 

The program will still be restricted to the city’s second district – Edgewater, Downtown Miami, Brickell and Coconut Grove.

5 Responses to Miami gives scooters two more months in trial

  1. nancY

    October 3, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I’m a scooter rider. Scooters should be only allowed to be parked at corners of the blocks, not everywhere*.
    On sidewalks, when needed, the speed limit should be 10 mph.
    They left one in the middle of the bridge where it opens. Some riders throw them on the ground.

  2. Mike

    October 8, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Why can’t the rest of the commissioners approve them?? We need to vote these guys out.

  3. David Alzate

    October 9, 2019 at 1:32 am

    We need to extend the zones to Design district and not worry about getting fined for leaving it parked in those zones

  4. Oompa

    November 20, 2019 at 8:26 am

    They should have just had Miami-Dade city scooters, instead of all these companies. They should be allowed all over the city, with something similar to a transit pass, like you pay once for a week/month for unlimited rides. You shouldn’t need a driver’s licenses because you’re riding a scooter. Do cyclists need licenses? No. This can easily improve public transportation access to areas that buses and trains cannot go.

    It’s common sense.

  5. Oscar

    November 24, 2019 at 10:20 am

    They should live only 2 companies: Bolt and Jump, that offer more safe