Dallas Votes To Allow Shareable Electric Scooters

Austin York
June 27, 2018 - 12:02 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The city council voted 9-5 to create a 6-month pilot program which will allow bike share companies to offer the scooters in the same way they do the rental bicycles. 

The move makes it legal for scooters to operate on sidewalks, something that had been unlawful in the city.

Councilman Kevin Felder feels its a safety issue.

"It's going to create issues and problems in neighborhoods if scooters are allowed on sidewalks. I cannot support that," he says.

But councilman Phillip Kingston says this is something that can be successful in the city.

"These operate in hundreds of other cities with almost no complaints," Kingston says.

Scooters will not be allowed on sidewalks in the Central Business District. 

Limebike and Byrd say they plan to roll out 500 scooters in the next two weeks. The scooters will cost $1.00 to rent plus 15 cents each minute of use, and use the same smartphone app as the bicycles.