City Council plans adopts new safety rules for popular electric scooters

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte City Council adopted new rules for electric scooters at a meeting Monday evening.

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The city explored dynamic pricing, which means riders could be charged more than the current fee of $1 to unlock a scooter.

Proposed regulations:

  • Cap speed limits at 15 miles per hour
  • Ban two people from riding one scooter
  • Prohibit scooters from riding on sidewalks on busy streets in uptown such as College, Stonewall, Seventh and Church Streets.

City council members have been searching for a way to regulate scooter safety since they became popular last spring.

The city was considering banning scooters on streets with a speed limit above 35 mph, but council members opted to not include it in their policy Monday night.

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