Mayor Francis Suarez Calls Special Meeting On Electric Scooters & Issues Statement

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has called a special meeting to consider reinstating an electric scooter program.

Suarez also issued a statement:

“After receiving a great influx of concern from residents and other stakeholders, we decided that it would be in the City’s best interest to revisit an amended Scooter Pilot Program. The scooter program has been a tremendous success for addressing micro-mobility limitations in the City of Miami and a more robust scooter program has the potential to solve one of the biggest challenges that face American cities: the last mile.

I’ve conferred with our City Commissioners to address Commissioner Diaz de la Portilla’s well-placed apprehensions over the existing pilot program and as with every decision we make, solutions are not exempt from their own tradeoffs—we cannot sacrifice the safety of our residents for the sake of mobility.

We’re addressing these particular safety protocols for a new pilot program so that we can adjust and perfect the product that we’re ultimately delivering to our residents. Being a Miami that works for everyone means being a Miami where residents have access to not just effective transportation but also safe transportation.”

According to the Herald, Commissioner Alex Díaz de la Portilla wants to bring back the program and says the city needs micro-mobility, but only with strict new rules.

Díaz de la Portilla, who led the effort that ended up shutting down the program last week, wants to require helmet usage and speed limiters, and allow parking only at docking stations.

He also want the city to receive higher penalties for violations and a bigger cut of revenue in order to consider reinstating the program.

Two separate groups, the Biscayne Neighborhoods Association and Downtown Neighbors Alliance, are also demanding that the city only allow the scooters if they are subject to strict new rules, including age and docking restrictions.

 

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Anonymous
13 days ago

“ After receiving a great influx of concern from residents and other stakeholders, we decided that it would be in the City’s best interest to revisit an amended Scooter Pilot Program” blah blah blah

I’m a downtown resident and along with other residents, we put in a lot of complains about the homeless in Museum Park AND THEY ARE STILL THERE.

We put in complaints about traffic light on Biscayne not being timed correctly for pedestrian AND YOU STILL WAIT TOO LONG FOR THE GREEN LIGHT AND THEN GET 10 SECONDS TO CROSS A HUGE BOULEVARD.

We put in complains about Biscayne being not residential enough for the city core AND WE STILL RISK OUT LIFE EVERY TIME WE GET OUT.

You know what we did NOT complain about? SCOOTERS!

Give me a break!

Budding Bureaucrat.
13 days ago

hahahaaha! This is what I love about politicians and stuff they’re all for stuff that requires little to no effort and then like a homeless encampment is like the most intractable thing ever.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I would love to take my kids to the park but it’s not safe, especially after dark, which is like 5-6pm right now. What are they waiting for putting some separation bars on those benches AKA Homeless Beds!?

Budding Bureaucrat.
13 days ago

I feel like a lot of times in planning circles, it really is underappreciated or unspoken how much comfort is important to the urban environment. Like if a street smells like piss, or if a bench is appropriated, its not okay to not be okay with that… Like that’s why i appreciate the whole anti-homeless reaction in California. but that’s not PC.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Once upon a time it was (i.e. CPTED), but planning circles have basically become “muh equity” for stuff not even related to planning.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Your kids are privileged just to have a home and to live in a rich neighborhood and probably white. We should be more kind to the less privileged and the people of color.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Here goes the RACE card again.

Anonymous
12 days ago

The only privilege my kids have is to have parents who work their butts off to make a good life for them.

Anonymous
12 days ago

That is a good start…charity starts in the home.
I would suggest to you that your kids have American Privilege. Your kids were probably born in the United States of America where they DO HAVE opportunity. The United States of America provides access to public libraries, education, health care, cell phones, broadband, etc. etc. etc.

With the right mindset, your family can go from immigrant family to having a President of the United States of America in a generation. Name another country where that is even a consideration.

Budding Bureaucrat.
12 days ago

One I don’t have kids… yet. I don’t like how societal failure makes us all suffer. If a homeless person can be put in a motel where they can shoot up in private that’s a thousand times better than them sleeping in a park and taking a dump in public and taking something away that belongs to the WHOLE community. I do not think it’s fair to the community-at-large for public space to be used to host them, a very small group of people.

Anonymous
12 days ago

You mean the addicted and mentally ill?!? Leaving them to rot under bridges and in public parks isn’t doing anyone a favor. It’s not about race, it’s about addiction and mental illness which require treatment.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Correct. It is not about race.
The weakest among us DO deserve our help. And they get it….if they AGREE to it.

Anonymous
12 days ago

I am very kind to all people.
Who is this “we” that you refer to when you say “we should be more kind”.

Anonymous
12 days ago

You must be joy at the Thanksgiving table talking about how it’s an evil holiday.

Anonymous
12 days ago

I see CRT has taught you well.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Here comes the anti-white racism.

Anonymous
10 days ago

And here’s someone who hates his own history.

brickell hates scooters
12 days ago

yeah not true, most of us hate the scooters

Anonymous
12 days ago

awwww boo hoo too bad – Micromobility is here to stay – your precious car lanes are being taken away as we speak for more room for micromobility 🙂 Cry me a river

Anonymous
12 days ago

micromobility is for lazy people

Anonymous
12 days ago

not necessarily. When i have time, I walk. But for busy people who run businesses, serve on boards of non-profit organizations, volunteer at their kids school, teach at the public schools, and load their calendars up with 15 events a week, you really don’t have time to walking at 2mph around the city.

Anonymous
12 days ago

And I bet those people use scooters zero percent of the time.

Anonymous
9 days ago

“And I bet those people use scooters zero percent of the time.”
You are on!
I’ll bet you a thousand dollars!

Anonymous
11 days ago

From the busy schedule you described it sounds as though you would be successful enough to have your own chauffeur.

Anonymous
9 days ago

Yes…if that was my choice.

The point is that people deserve choices. Someone posted that “scooters are for lazy people”. That is simply not true.

Sometimes highly active people don’t have the time to walk 6-8 blocks, but can take a scooter if they choose.

Anonymous
12 days ago

BIKING is for lazy people? lmao you’re an idiot

Anonymous
12 days ago

If you didnt know, Biscayne Neighborhoods Association and Downtown Neighbors Alliance arent actually organizations made up of real people. They are organizations created by the corporate landlords and corporate builders that built the buildings in Downtown and Brickell. City Commissioners arent listening to actual residents, they are listening to their corporate masters.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Give me a break. These woke corporations eat up this micromobility garbage. It’s real people dodging and tripping over those scooters on the sidewalk.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Let me guess, you want speed bumps on a major U.S. Highway.

Anonymous
12 days ago

We have traffic lights on a major highway so why not speed bumps? That “major highway” is the city core and they cannot drive as it actually were an highway

Anonymous
9 days ago

Traffic lights do not do damage to other people’s property.

Anonymous
10 days ago

The State and the County has control of the lights on Biscayne Blvd.

Bandit
13 days ago

Build protected mobility Lanes (bikes, scooters, skateboards) and specify parking zones for shared services. Simple as that

Anonymous
13 days ago

Like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, etc. Our sidewalks are already too narrow for pedestrians alone, and streets too dangerous for anything but cars. We need an entire network of these mobility lanes.

Bandit
13 days ago

A lot of politicians and business people are gushing about electric cars and climate change, yet for a fraction of the cost and implementation time, you could build walkable and bikable cities that help reduce our impact on the planet and make our cities more livable and healthy. A lot of platitudes but absolutely no vision or action.

Anonymous
12 days ago

But yet the County is about to spend $1.2 BILLION on a Disney monorail no locals will ride. If you want to know who the corporate masters are.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Exactly right. Whatever the benefits of scooters and casual cyclists, the roads are dangerous and on the sidewalk they are a hazard to pedestrians.

Anonymous
13 days ago

This is all about a bigger cut. There already are speed limitations. I agree with implementing parking stations of course. P.S. I’m not wearing a helmet to go 7 miles an hour on a friggin scooter.

Bandit
12 days ago

Only in the US do you have to wear a helmet for an activity that should be as easy as walking because it is always the pedestrian or biker’s fault.

It’s literally a death sentence trying to ride these scooters in Miami, and instead of building the infrastructure to support it, our elected leaders keep talking about MiamiCoin and all the other BS.

This is not me railing against crypto, it’s more at the complete lack of priorities by our city and county government when it comes to providing BASIC services.

Anonymous
12 days ago

True. Can’t tell you how many times drivers have totally ignored the WALK sign for pedestrians and almost ran me over. It’s not even in a thought in their heads that someone could be WALKING god forbid across the street. It’s endemic in Miami.

Anonymous
12 days ago

They ignore the walk sign and then reverse to scream at you after nearly killing you

Anonymous
12 days ago

Actually in Europe it’s worse…

Anonymous
12 days ago

Unfortunately, retrofitting cities involves zero-sum trade-offs. Space for bike lanes/scooter lanes has to come from sacrificing driving lanes, sidewalk space, or someone’s property adjacent to the sidewalks (nearly impossible).

Anonymous
12 days ago

Well, vast swaths of Miami remain completely undeveloped. Blocks upon blocks of just nothingness downtown. Parking lots. Empty lots. All over the place. It’s not like we’re talking about Manhattan here.

The city can be whatever you want it to be. Lets do it right.

Anonymous
12 days ago

That’s kind of the point. Cars need way less space here if it’s easier to get around without one.

Anonymous
12 days ago

If I’m mandated to wear a seat belt, you should be mandated to wear a helmet, especially on a scooter dodging in and out between lanes of moving cars.

Anonymous
12 days ago

The scooters will most likely be rerouted into the new protected bike lanes. So, there will be no “dodging in and out between lanes of moving cars”. This isn’t Fast and the Furious. We’re talking about a scooter going between 5-10 miles per hour in a protected lane. Chill.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Speed governors on electric scooters? Give me a break. People fly through downtown and on Biscayne going 80+mph with little to no enforcement. Someone wiping out on a scooter will have a much less serious outcome than someone recklessly driving and crashing a car.

Anonymous
12 days ago

After that committee voted and defeated, by 4 votes to 1, the use of scooters in Miami, I think public opinion was very critical, to the point that Mayor Mr. Soarez rightly determined this review. Banning a modern, alternative and non-polluting means of transport is a step backwards. Regulate the scooters maximum speed, power, range and parking space. But banning this is a big mistake.

Anonymous
12 days ago

These commissioners are a joke. They care about the safety of scooters and the don’t care about the chaotic rage driving in the city with the cars. Give me a break. They ask the low enforcement to don’t give speed tickets because will loose votes.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Driving in Miami is just nuts. A well-publicized crackdown on the 0-60 between lights crowd, people who run red lights or stop signs would help tremendously.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Chicago has a great division bike program that would be a great thing to look at as inspiration for the scooters here, its a great program that is very efficient

Anonymous
12 days ago

So does NYC and every major city… but Miami.

Anonymous
12 days ago

…we have Citi Bike?

Anonymous
12 days ago

Chicago and NYC are sh*tholes.

Anonymous
12 days ago

I am thrilled that Mayor Suarez received and acted on my email!

Anonymous
12 days ago

Want to use an electric scooter?…buy one. Problem solved. Owners take much better care of them and take them with them than renters who leave them scattered all over sidewalks.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Those scooters are a menace. They never obey traffic laws , like running through red light intersections and zooming past pedestrians without using their bells.

Anonymous
12 days ago

The drivers here don’t do that either hehe

Anonymous
12 days ago

What if I own a scooter? Do I have to adhere to their “safety” rules and penalties?!

Anonymous
10 days ago

Yes!

Anonymous
12 days ago

Jesus! Make your mind already. In, out, in, out.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Guess the scooter companies must have come up with some extra cash contributions for Suarez

Follow the Money
12 days ago

Follow the money. See which scooter companies come out on top. Those are the companies that pay the biggest bribes to elected officials. See Mr Green walking into politicians offices…

Anonymous
12 days ago

The only f***ing restriction you need is docking stations. Build them and people will use them. The apps can force you to do it.

Speed limits? Age restrictions? Forcing people to wear helmets? Sounds un poco comunista!

brickell hates scooters
12 days ago

i live in brickell and hate these scooters, specifically the way they are scattered across pedestrian sidewalks and the reckless and rude users.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Because you got no sidewalks in Brickell. Thank god downtown in Park West they are building a neighborhood with more walkable sidewalks and streets!

Anonymous
12 days ago

Huh?

Anonymous
12 days ago

It literally says in the article they will be implementing docking stations….

“allow parking only at docking stations.”

SLM
12 days ago

SCOOTERS LIVES MATTER ! STOP THE OPPRESSION

Anonymous
12 days ago

Lol

Anonymous
10 days ago

Shoot scooters on sight!

Anonymous
12 days ago

As part of this scooter program, scooter users should have to pay and require to have for some Insurance as part of the new regulations.

Anonymous
12 days ago

You do pay? Did you think they were free?

Anonymous
12 days ago

these scooter companies should have personnel in areas to quickly find and dock the abandoned scooters as they used to do early on when they first stared

Anonymous
12 days ago

The apparel of this decision is all about image. Suarez has the desire to make Miami as cool and trendy as he can for his tech and crypto buddies and supporters. The rest of us will just have to shut up and watch where we walk. Get hit by a scooter and its on you bro. Miami has become the capital of the third world and all the problems that come with that. Broken sidewalks, service workers who cannot communicate with the public, dirty and unsafe streets, rampant crime. But we have lots of cocktail bars, shoe stores and makeup palaces. Lipstick on a pig.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Newsflash, the entire First World, with the exception of Iceland and maybe Switzerland and Japan, is becoming the Third World for a myriad of reasons.

Anonymous
12 days ago

I couldn’t agree more with the initiative to completely ban these scooters. I agree and understand the benefit, convenience and problems they do solve.In the correct context I am sure it would be great to have them. At the same time while Miami is an amazing city live, we have the WORST drivers in the country and the history of driving. This lack of skills & carelessness is unfortunately spilling over to the way these scooters are being driven & it is DANGEROUS !!. People are driving them at night on main roads, very fast in areas you should be driving slow, carelessly where there is significant pedestrian traffic just to name a few things. I believe the scooter companies(NOT THE GOVERNMENT) should be paying for the following:
1. Mandatory education & licensing programs
2. Speed bumps on all pedestrian sidewalks
– I addition the scooters that are located in these area should have the speed controlled(the scooter automatically shuts down once you hit a certain speed
ALSO there should be massive fines to both the scooter companies & the drivers for any and all violations
3. Certain zones should require a helmet(the scooter companies pay for these & do NOT charge extra!!)
I believe this scratches the surface. I hope if these programs do continue that they are done so with very strict supervision & they should not operate again until the correct safety measures are put in place of which the scooter companies should pay for.

Anonymous
12 days ago

that’s retarded

Anonymous
12 days ago

Respectfully – It is comments like the one just made are a reason why these things are about to be banned. I would say 95% of the individuals operating these are doing so in a responsible manner. The remainder really I would say are not and are causing significant issues that are dangerous and frankly life threatening.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Not true.
More like 95% of them do not operate them in a responsible manner. That is my unbiased observation.

Anonymous
12 days ago

for now on, you must wear your mask, helmet, have a seatbelt on at all times. look out for the speed bump too

Anonymous
12 days ago

Speed bump are desperately needed downtown actually!

Anonymous
12 days ago

sure but for scooters? that’s more of a hazard

Anonymous
12 days ago

I see how that could be the case base on the height of the speed bumps and how fast the scooters can go. My view is that speed of the scooters in controlled. Example – in Brickell, the top speed is not more than 5pm(that is even pushing it) & then speed bumps every 100 feet or so(i really don’t know) so even if a scooter hit the bump at a top speed it would not present a danger to the driver or anybody around them) only just slow them down.

Anonymous
12 days ago

According to your argument, we should ban cars not scooters.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Cars have to stop if other cars are stopped in front of them waiting for the traffic light to go green. Scooters users zigzag around everything not caring for cars, pedestrians, traffic lights or pets.

Anonymous
12 days ago

So ban motorcycles then? Because motorcycles do the same exact thing

Anonymous
12 days ago

Not ban either but absolutely think much more stringent safely measures get put in place so that the scooters can continue to be used and people do benefit from what they have to offer.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Do you even live in the City of Miami?

Anonymous
12 days ago

Since 1992.