City of San Antonio Sets a Target Date for Regulating Dockless Scooters

click to enlarge City of San Antonio Sets a Target Date for Regulating Dockless Scooters
The days when you can go zipping that dockless electric scooter up and down the sidewalk may be numbered, young whippersnappers.

The City of San Antonio has set a September timeframe for regulating the rentable electric scooters that have been zooming all over downtown — and occasionally blocking sidewalks and storefronts.

On Tuesday, the City held a meeting to collect public input on how to potentially rein in the scooters without unfairly burdening riders and rental companies. Advocates say the app-rentable vehicles help public transit riders connect the "last mile" to their final destination, while opponents point out they can be obstructive or even dangerous.

Earlier this summer, Bird became the first scooter company to set up shop in S.A., and Lime followed suit last week. San Antonio-based Blue Duck Scooters is testing its scooter fleet around the Pearl, and more providers are expected soon.

Cities all over the country have grappled with a similar quandary of how to regulate the new tech that's moved faster than the ability to arrange civic debates on how to oversee its rollout.

If you missed Tuesday's meeting, fret not. The City's also seeking input for another couple of weeks via an online survey, available in both English and Spanish. Armed with that feedback, staff will present recommendations to City Council's Transit Committee and schedule a public hearing, officials said.

Council is expected to vote in early to mid-September on a plot period which would put in place provisional regulations. Over the next year, the staff could collect additional feedback to form a permanent policy.

Don't say we didn't warn you this day was coming, you rascals.

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Sanford Nowlin

Sanford Nowlin is editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current.

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