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Asheville bans e-scooters. but keeps open possibilities
Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:43

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Council on Nov. 27 voted to forbid electronic scooters in the city, with ban proponents citing safety concerns and lack of permits or other notification efforts with the city.

Others expressed skepticism that e-scooters could be integrated into Asheville’s hilly environment, coupled with what was described as its occasionally chaotic transportation system.

E-scooters are two-wheeled, self-propelled vehicles.

The ban will result in a $100 civil penalty for anyone riding the scooters and for any person or persons renting them.

The action was prompted by the strategy of California-based company Bird, which recently placed 200 unpermitted e-scooters downtown without city permission. Bird makes money by renting e-scooters through phone apps. The city seized the scooters, but released them after obtaining a verbal promise to keep them off the streets. However, the next day they were back, leading to a cease-and-desist order.

City staff said the ban does not have to be permanent, but it will provide time to complete a bike share study that would include e-scooters.



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