Miami rescinds its short-lived ban on shared electric scooters

Miami rescinds its short-lived ban on shared electric scooters


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The Miami City Commission voted to end its short-lived ban on shared electric scooters Monday after some new safety measures were put in place.

Early this month, the commission voted 4 to 5 to end the city’s multiyear scooter pilot, citing blocked sidewalks and the risk posed by untrained riders on busy streets. The companies that operate shared scooters, including Lime and Spin, argued that their services helped reduce car usage, connect residents to transit hubs, and bring extra revenue to the city.

That message appears to have gotten through. On Monday, the commission voted 3 to 1 to rescind the ban on the condition that new safety regulations would be implemented.

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