City Council signs off on one-year pilot program for e-scooters

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If the permit is approved, Council staff will closely monitor the progress of the pilot and report back to the Council before the end of the year with recommendations regarding longer term permits for shared scooter operations. The scooters will be made available each day starting at 6AM but won't offered after 8PM.

The cost starts at $1 and charges 20 cents for every minute after that.

The City of Norfolk has impounded the scooters until officials can have a meeting with Bird.

Lyft and Uber, two giants of the ride-sharing industry, are playing catch up in the electric scooter market, with the likes of Bird and Lime quickly grabbing more of a foothold.

Councilman Greg Landsman says he believes the city should be a partner with Bird. Right now the scooters are not street legal, and not allowed downtown in the business district at all.

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The dockless Lime and Bird scooters have proliferated in Westside communities over the a year ago, leaving local governments scrambling with how to regulate them. Companies may add 2,500 devices in disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles and an additional 5,000 devices in disadvantaged communities in the San Fernando Valley.

The rules passed by the Council Tuesday do not limit the number of scooters that can apply to operate in the City but does set a 500 device minimum for any company wishing to deploy scooters or e-bikes.

The scooters have a 48-kilometre range and a top speed of 27kmh.

The city says it is willing to work on an agreement with the Bird company to allow them to legitimately operate in town, the news release stated.

Other provisions include a requirement that scooter companies will have to develop technology to make sure devices are parked upright. According to the pilot program, a tail light and a notice saying "Not To Ride On Sidewalk" are required for each scooter.

On Friday, the university issued a statement on behalf of Executive Director of Governmental Relations Lawrence Salinas, stating "We respect the City of Fresno's position and want to ensure that all applicable operating permits are in place and will await further guidance".

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