Cities move to regulate scooters, but Phoenix holds back for now

By Jim Walsh, AFN Staff

Electric rental scooters have quickly become a ubiquitous – and for many, irritating – part of life in the East Valley, popping up near Metro light rail stations, busy street corners and even on a vice mayor’s front lawn.

Now, officials in at least three East Valley municipalities are moving to regulate them as they face complaints about blocked sidewalks and restricted access for the disabled as well as fears of serious collisions.

But Phoenix is following Chandler in taking a wait-and-see approach to the two-wheeled vehicles.

Sam Stone, chief of staff for city Councilman Sal DiCiccio, said the scooters have not yet become an issue in Phoenix, although council at some point is likely to take a comprehensive approach to regulating rental scooters and bicycles.

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