Riding Over Regulations for Electric Scooters

Melanie Senosiain
Cities are quickly learning that there is a need to regulate e-scooters, which come with unique benefits and problems.

Cities are quickly learning that there is a need to regulate e-scooters, which come with unique benefits and problems.

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Ridesharing via electric scooter (e-scooter) programs have appeared in cities across the United States. E-scooter ridesharing gives people the option of traveling to close destinations while reducing car use and limiting costs. Bird and Lime were the first companies to offer the e-scooter. Bird launched its first e-scooter program in Santa Monica in 2017. Initially, these companies lacked the authority to operate their programs, and government regulations were scarce. In response, cities are quickly learning that there is a need to regulate e-scooters, which come with unique benefits and problems.

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