Lincoln City Council approves electric scooter pilot program

On Monday the City Council approved a pilot program on rentals of battery–powered scooters, a highly debated topic in regard to safety.

“We have a responsibility to try and do something safe for them but we also need to see what the limits are. This is a pilot as Mr. Bowers said, we can stop this if it gets out of hand, this is also an opportunity for Linconites to show us their better nature,” Bennie Shobe said.

No exact date has been set for the scooters to arrive but it could be as early as January of 2020.

The pilot program is expected to last a year and can be terminated at any time.

The required age to rent the scooters was raised from 16 to 18 years old.

Although not required, council members stressed the importance of wearing helmets.

They will closely monitor data provided by the three possible vendors to analyze the safety concerns the scooters may bring to Lincoln.

“We have the ability to have a robust research or documentation so that we can study this in 6 months or a year and know, this has been the impact,” Sandra Washington said.

Also at the meeting, there was a public hearing on two proposed ordinances, one regarding securing firearms in an unattended vehicle which many people opposed.

The second was presented by Chief Bliemiester and would require a report to the Lincoln Police Department of lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours of the owner discovering the loss.

Both of those ordinances are still in the works and have not been approved yet.

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