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City of Port Aransas officials are looking to ban motor assisted scooters not motorized bicycles

Posted at 6:47 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 19:47:59-04

 

Motorized bicycles can be seen as a creative way to travel around the City of Port Aransas and they have become really popular with both residents and tourists.

However, once the announcement of a proposed ban of electric scooters many were concerned that could jeopardize the future of motorized bicycles.

That was a scary thought for the business owner of Island Motor Bikes Glen Shaw.

“I thought we were going to go out of business,” says Shaw.

Shaw was one of many Port Aransas residents who thought a proposed ban of the electric scooters might impact motorized bicycles as well.

Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan says that is not the case.

The City Council’s focus is set on scooters.

“I’ll be real honest with you, we don’t want them things laying around all over the sidewalks,” says Mayor Bujan.

Mayor Bujan says scooters will be left on the sidewalks, cluttering the path for foot traffic and that is a safety issue.

Under Texas State law, these bicycles must be registered, they can not exceed 30miles per hour and the engine size must be under 50 cubic centimeters.

The next Port Aransas City Council is set for Thursday, May 16 and discussion of the ban of motorized scooters will continue.