Scooters for rent are back on the streets of Dallas, with restrictions
Yay, the scooters are back: Electric scooters are back on the streets of Dallas.
Just three companies are being allowed to offer scooters for rent: Bird, Lime, and Superpedestrian, who all loaded a fleet late Tuesday night for their official debut on Wednesday, May 24.
This marks their return after their initial introduction in 2018. They were banned in September 2020, when Dallas people pretty much freaked out over their use.
This time, the city has placed limitations on not only who can provide them but how many and how they can be deployed.
Each vendor can have 500 scooters for a total of 1,500.
They can be rented from 5 am-9 pm only, and only to users who are 16 and older.
There's also a 20 mph speed limit, and only 10 mph in six inner-city zones: Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts District, West End, Dallas Farmers Market, Victory Park, and Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge.
They're officially not allowed on sidewalks, in public parks, or on roads where the speed limit is higher than 35 mph.
If all goes well and the response is positive, the vendors will be allowed to add 250 more scooters, to a maximum of 1,250 scooters each.
A spokesperson for Bird said that their scooters can now be found at the following locations, with others available and shown via the Bird app: Klyde Warren Park, American Airlines Center, McKinney Avenue, and Uptown.
Bird's Community Pricing Program is offering a 50 percent discount to low-income riders, Pell grant recipients, certain nonprofit and community organizations, veterans, and senior citizens.
Lime Operations coordinator Kelly Pierce says that the company is excited to return, stating that "we expect this new and improved e-scooter sharing program to be a huge success for riders and the entire city."