By June 30, riding scooters on sidewalks will be prohibited, a new regulations to dockless vehicles the City Council adopted in a 9-1 vote.
The upper chamber passed a bill Wednesday that would add several restrictions on the popular, but controversial, machines. The measure would require scooter renters to be at least 16 years old and it would prohibit more than one person from riding at a time.
By Oct. 1, the city could allow a maximum of three dockless vehicle companies to have 5,000 permits between them, Assistant City Manager Lori Houston said during a city-hosted telephone town hall last week.
Lyft launched roughly 250 e-scooters today, bringing the total number in operation to 9,750, based on the latest figure provided by the city of San Antonio.
In a 9-1 vote Thursday, the City Council added tougher regulations to the dockless vehicle pilot program, which is set to end April 19, in response to public concerns over reckless riding and e-scooter clutter on sidewalks.
Revisions to the city’s dockless vehicle pilot program, a response to complaints of scooter-strewn sidewalks and unsafe riding, are on the City Council’s agenda for its Thursday meeting.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg believes e-scooter usage has “grown beyond expectations.”
The city’s Transportation Committee, which is composed of five City Council members, issued a moratorium on e-scooter and e-bike permits, effective immediately, on Tuesday, for the duration of the dockless vehicle pilot program which ends on April 19.
Jump has introduced pedal-assisted e-bikes for the first time since Bird ushered in the dockless vehicle era with 150 e-scooters in June.
The City Council unanimously approved a six-month pilot program on Thursday that places regulations on dockless vehicles.