scooters

Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel

Electric scooter rentals are likely to stay in Florida — even though some companies have started pulling their business out of other parts of the country.

The e-scooters, which grew popular on U.S. streets in 2018, have helped thousands of tourists, residents and even well-tailored businesspeople quickly get around the streets. But they’ve also drawn public safety concerns as the number of accidents kept mounting. And cities such as Fort Lauderdale, one of the first Florida cities to allow them, still are refining their rules for the two-wheeled devices, focused on safety.

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

The city of Miami wanted to have the capability to track the real-time locations of every scooter rider across the city until Uber and Lyft pushed back against the section of an agreement, a letter obtained by WLRN shows.

Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Electric scooters are becoming a popular form of transportation in parts of South Florida, like Fort Lauderdale Beach.

But not for the summer.

Fort Lauderdale officials announced yesterday that electric scooters are now banned on the beach through mid-August, as reported by the Sun Sentinel.

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A familiar form of travel has returned to Miami’s streets and sidewalks after an extended time out.

Electric, dockless scooters are once again permitted in the city of Miami — but only in limited quantities, and only in the city’s second district, which extends from Coconut Grove up to Morningside.

When Adam Stephens walked into his office in Milwaukee one morning in late June, he found messages complaining about the Birds. The deputy city attorney was not amused.

He went for a walk. "Within a couple of minutes, I found one parked on a sidewalk and was able to visually examine it and kind of figure out what it was," Stephens says.

Bird is the name of an electric scooter company. Unannounced, it dropped off somewhere between 70 and 100 rental scooters throughout Milwaukee, where it's illegal to ride motorized scooters in public.

And just like that, they were gone.

Mere weeks after blanketing the City of Miami with electronic scooters, two major scooter providers are temporarily pulling out after the city attorneys issued cease and desist letters stating they were in violation of Florida statutes.

“Until there is clear direction from the Commission on how to move forward, we must enforce existing laws,” said City of Miami spokesman Eugene Ramirez in an email. A discussion regarding electric scooters is on the agenda for the June 28th Commission meeting, he said.