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City officials hope to regulate motorized scooters

Posted: 5:58 AM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-08 13:56:05-05

At today’s City Council meeting, City Business Liason Arlene Medrano will analyze a 6-month pilot program that will regulate the motorized scooters.

Currently, there are 1,600 scooters in Corpus Christi, according to the city study .

City officials say that these scooters are not in compliance with a city ordinance.

“There’s an ordinance on our books that states that you can’t block the sidewalk.” Medrano said. “And I think everyone is aware of that for the most part. You can’t just go and put random things in the city’s right of way.”

The scooter vendors have their own regulations, but city officials aim that those regulations are specific so vendors and riders know where a scooter can and cannot go.

If City Council gives the green light for the pilot program, the program will begin at the City Council’s second on Jan. 15.

Medrano wants riders to understand that these scooters should not be blocking ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps, bus stops, disabled parking zones and driveways.

During the program, the vendors will ensure that scooters maintain at least 36 inches on the sidewalk for pedestrians and ADA requirements.

After the six-month trial, city officials will decide on the final rules for the scooters. The pilot program is set to be completed by July 15.

A survey will be taken in relation to the scooters, helping the city better manage the operation of the vehicles.

You can find that survey here.