Orlando allows electric scooters
Permitting process opens for up to 1,800 scooters around city.
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.
E-scooters are coming to Orlando after city commissioners unanimously approved a proposal Monday allowing them on the streets.