Racing to Regulate Scooters in U.S. Cities

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​​​​​​Photo by Simon Buchou on Unsplash

By Sarah Kaufman and Tvisha Mehta

The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation looked at 11 major United States cities' policies for motorized scooter shares (think Razor scooters, not mopeds). The cities have approached this new mode with varied policy proposals, ranging from banning motorized scooters to charging nominal fees for their use. Some policy highlights:

  • San Francisco: The SFMTA has introduced a cap of 2,500 on the number of scooters that can operate in the city at once.
  • Seattle: all scooter shares and companies are restricted until a city-wide program can be implemented.
  • Washington, D.C.: conducting a 7-month pilot program with 5 companies to evaluate electric scooters and their effects.

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