Electric scooter sharing program launches in Denver, causes concerns for city officials

DENVER -- If you haven't seen Neon green electric scooters zipping around downtown Denver, you will soon.

The Lime-S scooters hit the sidewalks Friday.

But city of Denver officials are threatening to remove them – haul them off – if they get in the way of pedestrians.

200 shared electric scooters were set by the Lime Company on South Broadway  and several other neighborhoods near downtown.

Kathleen Trimble rode one for two and half miles and said, "They’re just fun and it’s a different way of traveling."

But there could be problems.

In a statement the city said it “will be removing scooters that are blocking sidewalks and other public spaces."

It’s (The City of Denver) “concerned about the use, placement, and quantity of these scooters operating … in areas of high pedestrian activity.”

Lime Company spokesman Sam Sadle said, "We want to make sure everybody who uses a Lime S scooter knows where to park it, how to park it so there is an open right of way down the sidewalk."

Lime says it's app shows people how to park the scooters properly.

Placing objects on Denver sidewalks requires a permit.

But  what about the scooters?

The city says it’s working on a plan to regulate them, but it only found out about the scooters pending arrival a few days ago.

Sadle said, "They knew ahead of time we were going to be coming to town, we’re excited to partner with them."

It costs a dollar to unlock the scooter with an app and costs 15 cents per minute.

You can drop them off anywhere.

The Lime company had to remove it’s scooters from the streets of Austin Texas because of permitting problems with the city there.

In Denver there are no formal guidelines for these types of scooters.

But the city hopes to have formal plan in place soon.

 

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