Or­lando al­lows elec­tric scoot­ers

Per­mit­ting process opens for up to 1,800 scoot­ers around city.

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Scoot­ers are com­ing to Or­lando. Af­ter months of con­sid­er­a­tions, city com­mis­sion­ers Mon­day unan­i­mously ap­proved a pro­posal al­low­ing elec­tric scoot­ers to zip around Or­lando streets. The scoot­ers were a sought-af­ter ad­di­tion by nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies, who see the city as ripe for their busi­ness.

Through­out the na­tion, scoot­ers are a pop­u­lar way to get around cities by tourists and res­i­dents, who rent them through an ap­pli­ca­tion and use the throt­tle to travel around town. Gen­er­ally, they’re used to cover short dis­tances and rides last sev­eral min­utes.

With the pro­gram ap­proved, the per­mit­ting process for the ve­hi­cles also opened as well, a city spokes­woman con­firmed.

The pro­posal al­lows for a com­pany to op­er­ate a fleet of 200 to 400 scoot­ers, cap­ping the to­tal num­ber of scoot­ers in the city at 1,800. The de­vices must have a gov­er­nor in­stalled to limit speeds to 10 mph and op­er­a­tors must meet other safety re­quire­ments on wheel size, carry li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance, host safety classes and promptly re­spond to com­plaints.

City com­mis­sion­ers last month voted the plan for­ward, though some had con­cerns about the safety of pedes­tri­ans since scoot­ers will mostly be op­er­ated on side­walks.

As scoot­ers are rolled out in Or­lando — likely af­ter New Year’s Day — it’s ex­pected that Lime, the city’s largest bike-shar­ing op­er­a­tor, will re­move its bikes from down­town.

Or­lando re­sponded well to dock­less bike-shar­ing, av­er­ag­ing about 31,000 rides per month across two plat­forms over the year­long test. Of those rides, 29,623 were by Lime, with 1,646 per month choos­ing Hopr.

Last week, UCF an­nounced it had part­nered with Spin, owned by Ford Mo­tor Co., to bring the scoot­ers to its cam­pus.

JOHN MACDOUGALL/GETTY

E-scoot­ers are com­ing to Or­lando af­ter city com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved a pro­posal Mon­day al­low­ing them on the streets.

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