Scottsdale could impose new rules on electric scooters

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Scottsdale City Council will get an update on potential changes to the city code related to electric scooters including new rules and restrictions on the transport mode which has been popular in Old Town Scottsdale.

City staff will brief the council on Jan. 19 on city ordinances related to bicycles, scooters and other modes of transportation.

Staff will also outline some recommended code changes and restrictions on electric scooters especially in Old Town. There are safety concerns about electric scooters and pedestrians in areas of downtown Scottsdale.

The possible restrictions could ban scooters from sidewalks in downtown and Old Town.

The city could also ban riding scooters in the downtown area between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Other proposals could require parental permission for those under the age of 16 to use scooters and to enhance regulations so scooters are parked at racks or in designated areas.

The city could also set new impoundment fees for abandoned or orphaned scooters.

A number of cities across the Valley and country were dealing with how and whether to regulate electric scooters before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March.

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