"...It's been a big news week for electric scooters. UT baseball star David Hamilton had his 2019 season end before it even began, due to a torn Achilles tendon sustained in a scooter accident..."
"...Loved and loathed, the dockless mobility sector – including bikes, e-bikes, and scooters – has been operating in Austin under emergency rules adopted in April, after operators such as Lime and Bird jumped into the market without prior approval. Compared to the long public dispute over regulating Uber and Lyft, the process of adopting permanent dockless rules has been pretty laid-back..."
"...This Thursday is Aug. 2, which means that two emergency rules for dockless mobility operators (scooters) pertaining to lock-to requirements and API (application programming interface) data reporting were supposed to go into effect yesterday, but didn't..."
"...I just got an EVT-168, which reaches a top speed of 35 mph with a range of 30 to 40 miles, making it perfect for getting around town. Scooters have been a popular means for short-distance transportation in European cities for decades now because of the numerous benefits they hold over cars..."
"...Now that the deeply divisive elections are over, we can all go back to a common cause: hating on scooters...."
"...The most aggravated of them all may have been LimeBike, from San Mateo, Calif., which sent City Council a letter on April 10 essentially calling Bird a rule breaker and asking that all their scooters be impounded. Co-founder and CEO Toby Sun expressed a willingness to participate in the dockless mobility pilot, and asked that Bird be banned from doing so, since they had jumped the gun and deployed scooters without the city's approval...."
"...Amid our own municipal affair with electric scooters, it's easy to forget that a dusting of cities across the country are also playing host to their own fleets of dockless disrupters. San Francisco, which got its scooters last month, recently ordered its upstart companies – Bird, LimeBike, and Spin – to halt activity until they each address a multitude of complaints about helmet violations and scooters obstructing sidewalks..."
"...Sound familiar? No, we're not talking about Uber and Lyft, though the rideshare companies did use a similar tactic back in 2014 when they dropped into town during South by Southwest, pre-empting a debate over city regulations. Rather, today's model manifests in the city's current impasse with Bird, a California-based app that rents electric scooters for public use and bills itself as a solution to the "last mile" gap between public transit and one's destination..."
"...After a short chase early on March 21, as SWAT officers surrounded his truck in a Round Rock hotel parking lot, Conditt detonated his final explosive and died. Manley would go on to become Austin's permanent police chief, with City Manager Spencer Cronk and other leaders citing his even-keeled performance during the crisis. – Nina Hernandez APRIL 5: Bird scooters appear in Austin, without a go-ahead from the city..."
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"...But boy are people using 'em. According to a Tuesday morning briefing on the city's dockless mobility pilot program, the city has seen 3,271 scooters (along with 1,100 dockless bikes) on its roads since the service kicked off this summer..."
"...Dear Editor, If scooter riders acted like motorized vehicles, wore helmets, and rode in bike lanes or on the street, stopped at stop signs and red lights, then they would be viable forms of transportation. They need to be ticketed for violations and place the scooters out of main pathways..."
"...Scooters are the "Best Local Controversy" of the year in our "Best of Austin" poll, and judging from the wealth of comments they elicited, the following seems appropriate: The public comment period for the Austin Transportation Director Rules for Deployment and Operation of Shared Small Vehicle Mobility Systems (ATDRDOSSVMS) closes this Friday, Nov. 2; to comment on these rules regarding companies that deploy dockless scooters, bikes, etc., see www.austintexas.gov/docklessmobility...."
"...Scooters are so present in Downtown right now that it’s hard to remember that just this spring the Santa Monica scooter startup Bird was only just beginning to deploy its fleet onto Austin’s streets, flouting a tortoise-paced city regulation process, as per usual. The city eventually wrangled the company (and a couple copycats) into suspending operations until they could be bound by pilot rules..."
"...No one expected the rollout of the emergency dockless mobility rules Council commissioned to be perfect. In fact, while voting, members took into account that the some rules would be put into place immediately so that various businesses could go about returning their fleets of scooters, bikes, or whatever they're peddling nowadays to Austin streets, and that those rules could then be revised as new issues appeared..."
"...Staff acknowledged there's a need for improvement, mostly because of a lack of education. "We are working on some rules and some recommendations for Council to consider next year about how to make it more clear where you should and should not be on the sidewalk on scooters or bicycles," said ATD's Annick Beaudet...."
"..."Until we are able to ask him the questions necessary, it's going to be hard for my organization and people like us" to support Manley, Moore told me. Scooters Return (With More Rules)..."
"...Scooters are coming back. Following Council's approval of new rules for dockless scooters, the city's Transportation Department will begin accepting applications on May 14..."
"...Try Electric ScootersDear Editor,..."