Among other proposed changes to the city’s e-scooter guidelines:
- Companies could expand their scooter fleet if they meet performance and compliance regulations, including staffers to monitor scooter violations, and offering education on scooter safety.
- Companies might be required to offer reduced-price options for some residents, including low-income residents.
- Fines for violations might be based on the type of violation. Right now, the city charges a $75 impound fee for improperly parked scooters and a $25 charge for each additional day the devices remain impounded. "There's a difference between a scooter that's just knocked over and one that's blocking a curved ramp that might be an ADA violation," Sargent said.
The proposed changes were considered after speaking with scooter companies and conducting an online survey to get residents’ opinions on scooter rider behavior. The city will publish the full survey results online next week.
A key finding from the survey shows residents believe there is a need for scooters but they want more regulation around them. Residents also asked for more designated areas for scooter riding and parking.
For its part, Sargent said the city will create more designated parking areas with better signage.
“I think a lot people want to park in the right place and don’t know what that is,” she said. “Being able to show them in a more defined way will help.”