Fort Lauderdale to Reconsider Electric Scooters
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Due to several complaints from residents and motorists in Fort Lauderdale, the city is set to discuss the program surrounding the cities dockless scooter program including Lime, Bird, and other dockless scooters that have arrived on the scene.
Mayor Dean Trantalis said the program, started in November, was intended to relieve congestion on the city streets, enabling people to use the scooters to take short trips instead using a car.
However, several scooter riders have been involved traffic accidents. A 14-year-old boy riding a scooter was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run crash in December and a woman was injured riding a scooter in the Kinney Tunnel this month.
Many motorists complain the scooter riders don’t follow traffic laws, weaving in and out of traffic and traveling the wrong way on roads.
“Unfortunately, our streets and sidewalks have become the Wild West. Public safety has suffered,” Trantalis wrote in his monthly newsletter. “People are texting while riding scooters, and children and teens are using scooters despite age restrictions.”
The mayor says he wants the program to work as intended, but if new regulations can’t be passed, the program will have to be reconsidered.