E-scooters and e-bikes will be able to operate on bike paths and sidewalks just like regular bicycles while respecting pedestrians just as regular bikes must in Ann Arbor, Mich., whose City Council gave unanimous preliminary approval to a personal mobility vehicle ordinance last week.
The growth of micro-mobility in the city led to preliminary adoption of the ordinance, which also gives riders the same rights on roads as motorists and lets them park in spaces designated for bikes and cars. It also spells out what riders are responsible for, including safety and personal responsibility around pedestrians.
The regulations are scheduled for a final vote Sept. 20.
New York City, long a holdout against e-bikes and e-scooters, this week legalized the mobility devices in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Delivery workers using the motorized devices have, until now, faced fines and having their rides confiscated, but lawmakers said e-bikes and scooters will help those people keep working at a time when they’re needed.
Helmets are required for e-scooter riders and anyone using a class-3 e-bike, which can go up to 25 miles per hour. New York Police will no longer enforce any rules prohibiting the vehicles, and local jurisdictions were given leeway to craft their own supplemental policies about their use. Read the whole story here.
Electric scooters, powered skateboards, roller skates, and e-bikes are among the micromobility vehicles banned on the San Diego State University campus starting this fall. Citing safety, the university announced that the vehicles may be parked in eight designated parking areas, but won’t be allowed for use on the main campus anymore.
A recent study showed a 22 percent increase in safety incidents involving bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. Micromobility companies have set up a geofence around the campus that will first warn riders they’re entering a prohibited zone, and then slow their rides. Riders will be unable to use apps to end their journeys unless they’re in one of the designated parking areas. Manually powered bicycles and skateboards are exempt from the ban.
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That might have been fast: About a year after dockless bike-share started making headlines, many cities and suppliers are moving away from them, shifting their fleets to dockless e-bikes or scooters instead.
Dockless pedal bikes have all but been replaced in Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Chicago; and Dallas; and Boston ditched theirs before they even hit the streets, deciding to go with e-scooters instead. Dockless bike companies say it’s a simple case of supply and demand, especially in cities that cap the number of shared bikes that can be on the streets. Customers simply prefer getting a battery-assisted boost.
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