South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...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,..."
"...The PG rating suggests all-ages viewing, but let’s not kid ourselves here. Cody Banks would probably be appropriate for the 13-and-older crowd, but it’s far too dopey for teenage sophisticates, even though it’s got "cool" stuff like Segway scooters and jet-powered snowboards and a holographic robo-babe..."
"...When pressed, he'll almost blushingly relate how his colorful acrylics of Austin street scenes and Vespa scooters and vintage telephones pull in hundreds of dollars from "people who, I guess, like that kind of stuff, you know?" He'll even speak of creating, in his efficiency apartment, the wall-sized backdrop for Salvage Vanguard Theater's The Intergalactic Nemesis Redux -- although he'll mostly dwell on how he accidentally spilled black lacquer on the carpet. "The stain just wouldn't come out, no matter what I did..."
"...City's First Scooter Fatality: A UT student who, while riding a Lime scooter, collided last week with an Uber driver, has died from his injuries, marking the first scooter-related death in Austin since the now-ubiquitous electric scooters hit streets in spring of last year...."
"...No Scooters Involved: At 1:06am on Jan. 1, in heavy fog that may have been worsened by fireworks smoke, a multicar collision on SH 130 near Pflugerville ensnared 32 vehicles, including two semitrucks..."
"...Sightseeing in the heart of the city is fun on its own, but sightseeing on wheels … that’s a whole different story. Rent a bike from an Austin B-cycle station or grab one of those damn electric scooters off the sidewalk and zip your way through the city streets..."
"...Away from the funding lane, bills addressing registration, inspection, and liability insurance for robot cars have already been filed, with more expected as the need for autonomous vehicle regulation becomes more pressing. The same may be true for dockless mobility; though the justification for the state taking over ride-hailing regulation – that Uber and Lyft trips can cross city limits easily – isn't there for scooters et al., the same companies and their money are still present...."
"...Still More Scooters: Lyft will follow Uber with its own pilot to bring 500 more shareable two-wheelers onto Austin streets. Meanwhile, Lime had to take 500 units off Downtown streets for violating the city's new dockless mobility rules...."
"...According to an August report in Government Technology, more than two dozen U.S. transit agencies have forged first/last mile partnerships with ride-hailing outfits, taxi companies, bike-sharing networks, and dockless systems (scooters!) "to grow ridership, burnish their brand and remain relevant amid the pervasive growth of non-traditional, app-based transportation services." Results vary, depending on whether the partners can hit the sweet spot where ridership is high enough and costs low enough to make the deal work..."
"...Don't Vote With Your Feet: Take the bus instead! All Capital Metro services will be free on Election Day. So are Lime's bikes and scooters; use the promo code "LIME2VOTE18" for a 30-minute free ride on Nov..."
"...Them's the Rules: The city has posted its proposed final dockless mobility rules for public comment — that includes traditional and electric bikes as well as scooters. Comments are due by Nov..."
"...Drive Electric Day is a free event celebrating National Drive Electric Week, showcasing what's new in electric cars, motorcycles, scooters, and bikes, brought to you by Austin Energy, Plug In America, Sierra Club, TxETRA and the Electric Auto Association. They'll have live music, food trucks, and kids' activities, Saturday, Sept..."
"...Input deadlines: Weigh in on a city survey about dockless mobility services (scooters) through Aug. 31 at www.austintexas.gov/docklessmobility, and/or about proposed changes to the demolition permit process through Sept..."
"...The city of Austin, scrambling to create and update rules for scooters and other "dockless mobility" services, is hosting an online survey about citizens' experiences, to remain open through Aug. 31..."
"...After spending much of last Tuesday's work session crying over spilled milk, Council did approve a measure to make dockless mobility – for now, scooters and bikes – legal in the city right of way and declare an emergency for getting rules in place to govern their use. Transportation Director Robert Spillar appeared briefly to push back on the timeline, but Mayor Steve Adler directed him to work as quickly as possible to get the rules in place with the understanding that they could be tweaked later on..."
"...City Council returns with its regular meeting today, April 26, to tackle scooters, membership requirements for Planning Commission, and eviction counseling services for tenants. There's also a move to rename the Old Bakery and Emporium space for legendary political consultant Pat Crow, who died last summer..."