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Trash and scooters still clogging Austin creeks, study finds

The city’s attempts to keep garbage out of local creeks are still being stymied by discarded motorized scooters, according to the findings of a roughly six-month analysis of 20 watersheds throughout Austin. A memo released last week presented the findings…

Downtown Commission proposes stricter regulation of Austin's scooter onslaught

Calls for firmer regulation of the dockless scooters, mopeds and e-bikes scattered about the city may hit the desks of City Council in coming months, as a recommendation from the Downtown Commission makes its way to the agenda. The recommendation…

Electric scooter and MetroBike use springs back from pandemic lows

As Austin’s streets took on a relative calm during the pandemic, the dockless electric scooters that drew love and fury when they appeared in 2018 were neglected by users. But now that people are returning to life as usual, the…

Lime and Wheels to pause shared mobility services

Lime and Wheels will be the first dockless mobility operators to disable device rentals in Austin in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cities across the country are considering how to manage dockless mobility under rapidly evolving conditions. On Wednesday, the…

Featured Collection: Austin Energy 2022 rate case

Austin Energy ramps up outreach for proposed rate changes

Austin Energy has entered the public hearing phase of its base rate review process, following its proposal to raise service costs. The monthslong dialogue with stakeholders and city staff, slated for resolution by City Council in November, has surfaced predictable…

Ellis attempts to get scooters and other contaminants out of city waterways

When Council Member Paige Ellis was crafting the concept for a clean creeks initiative, she and her staff saw an opportunity to address one of the city’s more visible sources of creek and river pollution. When electric scooters end up…

Austin Transportation to set per-trip fee for dockless vehicles

The Austin Transportation Department’s dockless mobility program has decided on a per-trip vehicle fee that could result in an annual revenue boost of around $800,000. In a Dec. 10 memorandum, Robert Spillar, director of transportation, said the department has decided…

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City no longer the 'wild, wild west' of scooters

Imprudent scooter users could now face fines of up to $40 for breaking the city’s new rules of conduct for micro-mobility devices (scooters, skateboards, etc.). Though they decided to postpone two of the Austin Transportation Department’s three proposed micro-mobility ordinances,…

Commission zeros in on scooter safety

A landmark study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Austin Public Health Department documented that 192 dockless scooter riders were injured between Sept. 5 and Nov. 30 last year. During that time, “There were about two…

Austin Police Department Budget, 2012-2022

During the 2020-21 budget process, City Council cut $31.5 million from APD’s budget, citing the protests and “community outcry against the disproportionate impact of police violence on Black Americans, Latinx Americans and other non-white ethnic communities,” according to the approved…

CDC study says Austin scooter riders don't wear helmets, ride fast and don't know what they're doing

Nearly 200 people were injured because of rentable scooters between Sept. 5 and Nov. 30 last year, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Austin Public Health Department. During that time, there…

UT will use geofencing to limit e-scooter speed to 8 mph on campus this week

Riders using rented scooters on the 40 Acres will no longer be able to go faster than 8 mph, according to UT Austin. The university said Bird, Jump, Lyft and Lime’s e-scooters will have speed restrictions on the lion’s share…

City cracks down on Lime scooters

In the same week that Parks and Recreation announced a controversial pilot program allowing electric bikes and scooters on several of the city’s most popular trails, the Austin Transportation Department has temporarily subtracted 1,000 scooters from the number of Lime’s…

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