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.