How are your communities handling the scooter-for-rent-left-on-the-sidewalk-or-in-my-front-yard? Lime Scooters is one. Seem to be creeping into suburbia. I need to get an ordinance together in the next few months.
Scooters for everyone!
Okay, scooters for no one!
Very well, scooters for some, miniature American flags for others!
In all seriousness, the examples I am aware of will establish regulatory limits that are focused on:
-Number of scooters allowed in total
-Number of vendors allowed to operate (usually determined through competitive bidding)
-Requirements that clarify the role of the vendor/municipality in terms of addressing a wide variety of potential issues, most importantly dealing with citizen complaints (e.g. who to call if there is a scooter blocking ADA accessible path)
-Guidelines focused on the geography of where they should be permitted, and how they should be placed
The 1st 2 items are the ones that give me the most heartburn, as I can't really say how objective of an analysis can be conducted at this point in getting to the "right" number. If cities had a much deeper understanding of the available ROW in each of their streets for potential scooter parking, that one may be less of an issue.