Scooters And One Wheels

COVID, the absence of main occasions, has restricted a lot of Omaha’s scooter use coverage & authorities

The city is compiling its scooter stats for 2020 and adding polls and other information to send an annual report to Mayor Jean Stothert and the city council early next year.

Stothert said she plans to review this report before making decisions about the city’s next steps in evaluating a possible “long-term” scooter program.

“Like so many other things, the pandemic may have affected the way people used scooters in 2020,” she said.

Many downtown residents have sought tougher restrictions on scooter parking to avoid blocking sidewalks and access to shops, as well as tickets for drivers who improperly ride sidewalks rather than streets.

A number of scooter riders, many of whom are young, have said they enjoy the opportunity to hop on a scooter for short trips, from the Old Market to the CHI Health Center.

Jerram said he would like to see the city need helmets for scooter riders. He and other council members also questioned the wisdom that the Omaha police force should enforce the parking and driving rules for scooters.

Police said they only issued two electric scooter driver tickets in 2020, both in September.

Festersen said he wanted to try the scooters again in 2021.

Scooters “add an element of fun and spontaneity to the city,” he said, and are an emerging “alternative mode of transportation”.

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