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New Data and Rules for Dockless Scooters
Open data on 2 million dockless trips, plus new rules for riding on trails
News Story  January 17, 2019, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

City Ready to Wrangle Scooters
Permanent "dockless mobility" rules ready for public comment
News Story  October 18, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

Rules for Dockless Scooters Remain in Limbo
Emergency guidelines remain in effect
News Story  August 2, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Try Electric Scooters
Postmarks  July 18, 2006
"...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..."

"Best of" Scooter Outrage
We asked our readers what they think about scooters. They had words.
DAILY Chronolog  November 7, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...Now that the deeply divisive elections are over, we can all go back to a common cause: hating on scooters...."

Council: At War on Two Wheels
More scooters, a possible interim deal with the APA, and more from City Hall
News Story  April 19, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."

Council: I Get Around
On Birds, byways, and bridges
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Council: The Bird Is the Word
Rollin' into City Council, invited or not
News Story  April 12, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

The Top 10 Austin News Milestones of 2018
Days like these
News Story  December 27, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Mary Tuma, Nina Hernandez, Sarah Marloff, Austin Sanders and Michael King
"...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..."

Two-Wheeled Texas
Bikers' best bets on the highways and byways
Features Story  June 13, 2008, by Angela Armstrong, Kate X Messer, Terry Ornelas Woodroffe and Meghan Ruth Speakerman
"...I-35, 930-4922, 800/275-6555, www.rvoutletmall.com. Super 8 Motel 183 Airport This brand-new Super 8 is the closest full-service chain motel to the Travis County Expo Center. 5606 E. 51st, 926-5100. gear Alien Scooters Instead of “No shoes, no shirt, no service,” the sign on this electric scooters shop says, “No noise, emissions, license, insurance, gas, or war.” Now that’s progress..."

The Scooters
SXSW Records
Music Review  March 15, 2002, by Kate X Messer
"...The ScootersI Can See Your House From Here (Aeronaut) Hmmmm ... tight harmonies, memorable melodies, delicious slips between major and minor chord patterns, lush, yet spritely arrangements ....."

Council: Back in the Groove
Budget done, Council trudges on
News Story  September 20, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Boot Scootin'
Postmarks  December 11, 2018
"...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..."

Public Notice: Decision Day?
Best of luck to all of us this coming Tuesday
News Column  November 1, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...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...."

New to Town? Here Are Nine of the Biggest News Stories Affecting Locals.
A primer on Austin politics
DAILY News  August 30, 2018, by News Staff
"...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..."

Council: What Do We Want? Money!
Who needs it? Fire stations, cops, and scooter companies.
News Story  May 24, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Council: Back to Work!
Police, Fire, Water top a slim agenda post-election, pre-Thanksgiving
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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...."

Council: Knocked Down and Drug Out
City Council, on into the 12th round
News Story  May 17, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"..."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)..."

Headlines
News Story  May 10, 2018
"...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..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 21, 2006
"...Try Electric ScootersDear Editor,..."

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