Micromobility (Scooters) 

Protect Local Decisions - Let Cities Regulate E-Scooters to Preserve Public Safety

MICROMOBILITYThe Florida League of Cities calls on the Florida Legislature to allow cities to exercise their authority to regulate micromobility devices and share programs, such as e-scooters, in order to protect public safety. Access Issue Brief

Key Points

  • Injuries are on the rise. There have been more than 1,500 injuries and four deaths related to e-scooter accidents in the U.S. since late 2017, according to Consumer Reports. They include broken bones, fractures, blunt head trauma, even brain injuries.
  • The clutter caused by these discarded devices has fiscal consequences. Businesses that use sidewalks for sales displays and al fresco dining complain that e-scooters not in use are causing sidewalk clutter that blocks pedestrian traffic, deters customers and affects their bottom line.
  • Local agreements are working – why disrupt it? Several cities have negotiated agreements with industry representatives, residents and business owners to address local concerns. Some cities have incorporated them into a dockless bike share program, others have limited the number of units based on resident population, created scooter free zones or established a pilot program to learn more. These local solutions are unique to the desires and needs of each community.
  • Local regulations protect residents and tourists. When a festival, parade, conference or other event comes to town, so do people. Areas that are normally e-scooter friendly might need to be temporarily restricted to protect pedestrians. Keeping regulations local gives cities the flexibility they need to respond to changing circumstances.
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