CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The City of Cleveland has selected four companies in efforts to introduce dockless scooters and electric bicycles in specific locations throughout the city.
A six-month mobility demonstration period will be put in place to see how the implemented city vehicles work out in Cleveland.
The city also passed legislation with rules to follow for both riders and the companies. Some of the laws include:
- You can’t go faster than 12 miles per hour.
- You can only ride them in bike lanes.
- You can’t ride them on a street with a speed limit over 35 miles per hour.
- You must park them out of the right of way on the sidewalk.
“You also have to take a picture of them so that you can prove that you parked it legally," explained City Councilman Kerry McCormack, Ward 3.
If you don’t follow the rules, you can get charged with a minor misdemeanor.
Since the beginning of 2018, there have been at least 11 electric scooter deaths.
In Santa Monica, California 40% of injuries on scooters are head injuries and just four percent of riders were wearing required helmets.
“The goal of legislation regulating this new industry is to ensure that there are rules and a process for shared mobility devices operating in the City of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank Jackson. “Sensible regulation aims to make this mode of transportation safer and more efficient for all sharing the road.”
The city had to decide between 7 companies that showed interest for the demonstration period.
The following vendors were selected:
-Bird e-bicycles and e-scooters
“The vendors selected demonstrated their ability to offer Cleveland the best in the industry in terms of multi-modal access, customer service, and adherence to local regulations,” said Darnell Brown, Chief of Operations. “We look forward to working with them during the six-month demonstration period.”
Last year, across the U.S., riders took more than 38 million trips on electric scooters. It’s not just the companies profiting. The City of Cleveland will also benefit from the scooters.
“We put in a 15 cent per trip fee, which is common throughout most cities in the country. The cool thing about that though is that fee that we put onto the scooters has to go into a multi-modal fund, so it has to go into things like safer bike lanes and safer infrastructure," McCormack explained.
The next step allows city staff to mark parking locations for the vehicles within the next few weeks.
There will also be a series of educational meetings to learn more about how the scooters operate.
For more information on the e-scooters and e-bikes, visit the city’s website.