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Dallas will remove scooters from streets and rethink program

Dallas will remove scooters from streets and rethink program

Lime scooter
Scooters will be off Dallas streets this week. Photo by Lime

The City of Dallas Transportation Department is halting the city's scooter program effective Wednesday September 2.

According to a release, the decision was made to halt the program in consultation with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) due to "public safety concerns from residents."

Transportation Director Mike Rogers said in a statement that they plan to make "substantial" changes.

"We have received complaints about scooters and would like to make substantial changes to the scooter program," Rogers said. "The changes will include public safety considerations so that the city may have safe modes of alternative transportation."

Dallas has arrangements with five companies: Bird, Jump, Lime, Ojo, and Wheels.

Scooters arrived in Dallas in 2018, following the 2017 wave of bicycles for rent. Both the bikes and the scooters were designed to offer convenient and valuable travel alternatives. But rather than being viewed as an amenity, they've often been deemed an eyesore by close-minded idio—residents.

The bikes disappeared almost overnight in August 2018, but the scooters have remained and have been a fixation among neighborhood groups located in the Central Business District.

Currently, electric scooters (and rental bikes) are prohibited on sidewalks by city code in Deep Ellum, Downtown and the Cedars/Southside neighborhood. Dallas Police do not currently have the resources to issue citations

The release says that complaints included allegations that companies and riders were not adhering to the dockless vehicle ordinance and it posed a public safety issue.

Scooter operators are required to cease operations by Wednesday September 2.

All scooters must be removed from city streets by the close of business on Friday September 4.

The Transportation Department and DPD will host community meetings with residents, business owners and vendors to discuss public safety solutions while the scooters remain off the road.