(December 18, 2018) The City of Frisco is temporarily banning motorized scooters (and other devices) offered for rent in public rights-of-way until regulations for operating and using such services are in place. The moratorium was unanimously approved by the Frisco City Council during another ‘special called’ meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18.
On December 5, Bird Rides, Inc. dropped off scooters on sidewalks and in public rights-of-way throughout Frisco. During Friday’s ‘Special Called’ meeting, Bird Rides, Inc. reported “about 200” scooters were “nested” in the city.
As a result, city leaders and staff are concerned the scooters may pose safety risks to the public without an ordinance in place.Besides a same-day-email to Mayor Jeff Cheney informing him this occurred, no one from the company contacted the City of Frisco to review rollout plans or get permission.
Following Friday’s meeting, Bird Rides, Inc. was given a deadline of 8 a.m., December 17 to remove its entire fleet of scooters from the city. Bird Rides, Inc. failed to do so. To date, city code enforcement officers have collected 210 scooters, including 45 picked up today.
“Frisco has a reputation for being innovative when it comes to mobility solutions,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “We’re the first city in Texas to pilot an on-demand, driverless car service on public roads. We were also the first (in Texas) to support technologies that allow traffic signals to talk to certain vehicles. However, collaboration and cooperation between our city and private businesses are ‘musts’. We’re not interested in ‘trial and error’. We’re open to exploring other mobility solutions, such as motorized scooters; however, we need to have a regulatory framework in place to support the public’s safety and program’s success.”
Under Frisco’s new, temporary moratorium, the city may remove and/or impound the scooters. Service operators could be subject to a $50 fee per scooter if impounded by the city. The City of Frisco may dispose of the impounded scooter after 30 days. Any violation is a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. The temporary moratorium also applies to electric bicycles, bikes equipped with GPS and other similar personal transportation devices.