At their March 11 meeting, the City Commissioners will vote on introducing an ordinance amending the City’s e-scooter program.
“The proposed ordinance would provide rules and regulations applicable to all participants of the micro-mobility device program in order to protect health, safety, and welfare,” staff reports.
The e-scooter pilot program began in May 2019 and is scheduled to end in April 2020. The City Commissioners will vote on two vendors to continue micro-mobility device services in Tallahassee at their April 8 meeting.
Micro-mobility devices could include e-scooters, electric bicycles, and more.
Ordinance No. 20-O-09 includes guidelines for device operation, including yielding to pedestrians and wearing helmets. The ordinance states that vendors must inform customers how to operate and park devices on their websites.
The ordinance also includes guidelines for regulation of the program by the City.
“Florida law authorizes the City to regulate streets, sidewalks, and sidewalk areas within City jurisdiction,” staff reports.
According to the ordinance, the City will remove or relocate devices that are damaged, improperly parked, unattended on public property, blocking ADA accessibility, or non-compliant with the operating agreement.
Additionally, staff reports that the City will require a permit fee and a device fee from the two selected vendors before they can deploy their devices. According to the ordinance, these fees will be used to offset the City’s costs for monitoring and maintaining the program.
If the Commissioners vote to introduce the ordinance, a public hearing will be scheduled for March 25, 2020.