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Thoughts on dockless?
Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Katy McElroy
The city has been refining its rules for dockless mobility, and it would like community input to make sure that they are in line with what the public would like to see. The Dockless Mobility Program was created after LimeBike (now Lime) and Bird released their free-floating, rentable-by-the-minute scooters into Austin’s streets in early April. At the time, the city was in the process of negotiating a dockless bike-sharing pilot program, but the sudden influx of scooters pushed the process forward, culminating in the hasty development of the dockless operator’s license and corresponding emergency administrative regulations that are currently in place. Dockless bike and scooter sharing has been hailed as providing Austinites with a convenient way to cruise through clogged downtown streets but has also received criticism regarding street clutter and rider safety, with the latter issue in the news lately after a woman on a Lime scooter was involved in a serious crash on Sunday. If you have opinions on how businesses like these should be allowed to operate in Austin’s streets and sidewalks, the survey is here – it will be open through Aug. 31.
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