Miami Commissioners Vote To End Scooter Program

Electric scooter companies have been ordered to shut down by Miami commissioners, according to the Miami Herald.

Prior to the shutdown, Miami had 3,957 e-scooters on the street. The city had more scooters than any other in the U.S., according to Bloomberg.

The vote was 4 to 1.

Commissioner Ken Russell represents the district where the scooters were located and voted to keep the program.

Alex Díaz de la Portilla, Joe Carollo, Manolo Reyes and newly elected commissioner Christine King voted against the scooters. All represent other districts than the one where the scooter were actually located.

Díaz de la Portilla who was previously a swing vote on the matter, led the charge to shut the program. He claimed he saw kids using the scooters on Biscayne Boulevard, saying it was an accident waiting to happen.

The scooters had been operating under a pilot program.

Commissioners say they are worried that scooter riders will crash into vehicles. Critics also say they litter the sidewalk.

Proponents of the program say it it serves as a good last mile transit option.

The pilot program also raised $2.4 million in revenue for the city to build bike lanes.

City staff is still moving forward with plans for a more permanent scooter program, but it now isn’t clear if there are enough votes for it.

 

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Anonymous
15 days ago

This is a major loss.

Though imperfect, the e-scooter program deserves to be modified, regulated, and improved. Mandatory parking stations should be implemented to stop the senseless disposal of them on city sidewalks. I also would expect more order once the mobility network is completed throughout downtown.

Miami is trying to build with the density of Manhattan, but with everyone owning a vehicle. This is NOT sustainable. Traffic in Miami, which is already a nightmare in some places, is going to be absolutely unbearable in the coming years.

The time to implement other forms of transportation is NOW.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Love the fact that the only commissioner who voted to keep the scooters was the only commissioner who district was made up of the area where the majority of the scooters operate, and that the commissioners who voted down the scooters were in areas outside the scooter boundaries. Truly a shame that Miami is loosing this mode of transit in downtown.

Anonymous
15 days ago

A few bad apples ruin the bunch… I’m sorry but some people on those scooters are completely reckless and are not only accidents waiting to happen but they cause accidents as well

Anonymous
15 days ago

Ya because drivers in Miami aren’t ever reckless…..scooters are safer than driving, and “an accident waiting to happen” isn’t a good reason cause they have been downtown for years there are only a handful of deaths, compare that to cars over the same period.

Anonymous
14 days ago

fuck scooters and scooter riders, if you are over age 12 and on a scooter then you should be sterilized

The Far Side !!!
14 days ago

“fuck scooters and scooter riders, if you are over age 12 and on a scooter then you should be sterilized”

100% with you ! OUT WIRH THAT S…T

My point is … specially for Gen Z ( generación de Zanacos ) and Milleniuns with no brainiuns that if..

1-
You want to be green save the planet .. fight the great polluters China, Russia, Brazil ,India and don’t use that piece of sssss

2-
You want to go from A to B , walk !! It’s good for the heart !!heart ❤️

3-
Use public transportation or get a car…

4-
There’s nothing more annoying that walking my dogs and have a retard on one of those things, watching at the TikTok vídeo almost killing my pooch

5-
Talking contaminated environments… look at all those scooters on the ground and destroying landscape…. I live at the Plaza … used to be nice seat on the restaurants outside…until this monstrosity of hybrid between a bicycle 🚲 and a mosquito 🦟 was brought to downtown Miami

6-
The problem is not necessarily the scooters.. it’s the stupiters ( idiot on a scooter) that cut I front of cars, people and bicycles!!!

7-
The saddest is seeing the Sobe crowd that stays on BRICKELL, trying to put the 250 pounds girlfriend, with fake eyelashes that look like 10 pounds caterpillars. Putting a hoochy monma with expanded on one of those scooters is absurd !!

8- let’s say that The scooters were Trump’s idea and we will have a reason enough for those that still want them, to have them removed from circulation!!

Vive La France 🇫🇷
In Paris they removed that bs from the streets !! Pas de trottinettes 🛴 pour les citoyens !!

Anonymous
14 days ago

Paris probably removed them cause of the taxi union, I’d rather not follow that example.

Anonymous
14 days ago

A few bad apples didn’t ruin it for motorists in downtown. Actually, thousands and thousands of bad apples didn’t ruin it for them….hmm

Anonymous
14 days ago

Scooters and bikes on the sidewalks are both a hazard. 10-15 mph at least means they are going 3-5x the rate of people on foot. Additionally, a lot of riders have been tourists who don’t control the scooters well. Personally, I’d like to see scooters work. This is an ideal climate for them. Problem is the same as bicycles. They are at risk on the streets and they are a hazard among pedestrians. I haven’t seen any brilliant solutions to this conundrum.

Anonymous
14 days ago

its called bike lanes something miami has zero knowledge of, that is the solution.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Carollo at it again!

Anonymous
14 days ago

Of course, The dinosaurs like joe Carolo would vote against it.

Anonymous
14 days ago

These brainless Cuban mafia commissioners.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Not brainless…corrupt. Deal on the side negotiated and will change their tune shortly.

Anonymous
15 days ago

“ Commissioners say they are worried that scooter riders will crash into vehicles.”

I live downtown and every day it’s a citizen app message of a bit and run. Ban cars that according to that logic.

Anonymous
15 days ago

*hit and run

Anonymous
14 days ago

Ban cars because they can be weapons by the Saint Georges of Floyds of the world out on bail to kill five people.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Someone didn’t get their cut!

Anonymous
15 days ago

These things would be better if idiots didn’t leave them in the middle of the sidewalk everywhere. Until then, I wont miss them.

Jose Jimenez
14 days ago

You don’t understand the concept. you’re supposed to leave them on the sidewalk. that way people use an app to find the closest one available.

as if anyone in Miami walks on the sidewalk.

Anonymous
15 days ago

There are times when it’s difficult to bypass a bunch of scooters lying on the sidewalk especially with a stroller and dogs, but they shouldn’t be banned outright. A balanced approach should look to provide stations where to park these things safely and keep an appropriate supply limit just like the Citibike program that’s been working for years.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Can Miami really afford to cut down a modern mean of transportation when we don’t really have many? This is very stupid and backward.

Anonymous
15 days ago

I’ve seen a few folks in wheelchairs struggle to navigate sidewalks because of these things. It’s a shame that most people are either that unconscious/oblivious or self-centered that they can’t think of others that need a clear sidewalk path.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Oh please. Many sidewalks aren’t even walkable, let alone wheelchair accessible.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Tell me you don’t live or work in downtown, without telling me you don’t live or work in downtown.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Ever been to Brickell? The sidewalks are laughable. Filled with street furnutire, lights, poles, signs,etc. Don’t forget the driveways every 50 feet.

Anonymous
15 days ago

I actually saw a guy downtown, by CVS, using the scooter under his wheelchair… it was comical at first but it made a lot of sense😅

Anonymous
14 days ago

I saw a guy on a skateboard holding on to a scooter, using it as a motor lol

Anonymous
14 days ago

…and you wonder why the program was ended.

Anonymous
14 days ago

I don’t actually. I think the press release is pretty clear, thanks.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Banning a modern, alternative and non-polluting means of transport is a step backwards. Regulate the scooters’ maximum speed, power, lane and parking space. But to forbid it is a big mistake.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Boooooooooo

peej
15 days ago

just in time for Art Basel, where they’d see the most utilization…

Anonymous
15 days ago

This is because someone didn’t get their cut otherwise you can’t explain the sudden decision

BB1
14 days ago

It’s funny how it seems the people that don’t ride the scooters seem to be the ones quick to get rid of them, primarily because they are slightly inconvenienced. God forbid one would have to take a few extra steps around one of these scooters. I’ve ridden these scooters dozens of times and they are dangerous if the one riding them is a complete moron.
I don’t believe those on here who claim to have witnessed disabled people having a hard time navigating the field of scooters. I keep thinking of the old curmudgeon who yells at you to get off of is lawn and says ‘we don’t need those gadgets because when I was a kid, we walked everywhere and we were grateful!!! Those damn millenials are just too damn lazy!’
A big loss for Miami and hopefully they come back very soon with a more organized plan.

The Far Side !!!
14 days ago

The problem is the high percentage of morons driving them 😂

Anonymous
14 days ago

Wow, so just because you’ve never seen someone in a wheelchair or someone with a stroller struggle means parents and disabled people don’t exist in Miami? Next you’re going to complain about tactile markings making metrorail platforms ugly because you’ve never seen a blind person use transit.

Shawn Kouri
15 days ago

But why though????

Anonymous
15 days ago

Citibikes says thank you

Anonymous
15 days ago

Bro wtf why

Anonymous
14 days ago

Miami and it’s Bananeros Politicians are incredible. They do crap to improve city flow with every action they backup. Metro expansion has been on the scope since ever, but cero action and all blah blah blah. It is a shame this beautiful city it is so retarded when it comes to common sense for the betterment of the population.

BDub
14 days ago

I see three times the unsafe driving incidents as scooter ones. By Díaz de la Portilla‘s logic we should ban cars.

Anonymous
14 days ago

As a driver and walker I say good riddance. When driving these scooters always run through red light intersections. When walking I always have to look over my shoulder because they never use their bells to alert us.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Hope they don’t mind skateboards when the young people move in.

Anonymous
14 days ago

More like all the young people that have been moving in the past ten years don’t mind skateboards, because those mongs are a public nuisance.

Brooklyn
14 days ago

I see you all voicing your disapproval. Why not have that same energy in an email to local commissioners? Much better chance of affecting the outcome than a post to this board.

I understand why one might not expect a temporary program to run in perpetuity but they FOR SURE need to come up with a balanced permanent solution for such a popular program.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Many accidents between pedestrians and scooters have already happened. They speed, create another life threatening situation for pedestrians and the regulations they supposedly are under are never enforced. Helmets on the riders? No way. Speed control? No way. Follow the traffic rules. Eff you.
Good riddens to these dangers. The only ones to miss them are the tourists.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Waaaaay more accidents happen with cars, so by that logic we should ban cars way before we ban scooters.

Anonymous
14 days ago

Tourists have very limited options in Miami. No subway, a very limited Metromover, buses that no tourist want to take, and bikes.

Tom G
14 days ago

I’m a huge fan of everything scooter related and loved the idea of them.
But I am aware, even a a pretty reckless risk taking person, that they seemed super dangerous on many stretches due to
-Uneven pavements
-Street furniture often blocking a lot of the sidewalks.

When I used to ride them a lot, I flew over the bars 3 times, once on old railway lines that stuck up more than expected and twice on poor surface leveling

The Far Side !!!
14 days ago

IT WAS ABOUT TIME !!!! 🤗😂😂😂

Anonymous
14 days ago

It was bound to happen. Scooters are just thrown on the sidewallk and a lot of these idiots have ZERO respect for actual pedestrians, which a sidewalk is intended for. Not for bikes, or scooters. They ring the stupid little bell when zooming by expecting you to jump out of their way. I’m glad this happened. Way too disorganized and shocking that no one was hit by a car. If this is reintroduced, it needs to be done in an organized and safe manner.

Anonymous
15 days ago

There’s a lot of young people moving into downtown Miami using the schooners

Anonymous
14 days ago

bullshit, fuck scooters

Anonymous
14 days ago

Good. They are dangerous. Most people who use these e-scooters act like no rules at all apply to them. I seen them blast past traffic lights where they do not have the right of way and do not want to wait. They blast past people and frightened dogs walking on the sidewalks. I even see them sometimes going in the wrong direction on sidewalks and the streets. For some reason, they think that no rules should apply to them. Perhaps with some regulations and strong enforcements, things can change – but for now, very appropriate thing to do.

Jose Jimenez
14 days ago

you sure you mean “most” them? it’s probably more accurate to say a “few” of them. Just sayin’.

Fido
14 days ago

I think the correct word is “at least a majority of them”. That’s why they were banned.

The Far Side !!!
14 days ago

My point is … specially for Gen Z ( generación de Zanacos ) and Milleniuns with no brainiuns that if..

1-
You want to be green save the planet .. fight the great polluters China, Russia, Brazil ,India and don’t use that piece of sssss

2-
You want to go from A to B , walk !! It’s good for the heart !!heart ❤️

3-
Use public transportation or get a car…

4-
There’s nothing more annoying that walking my dogs and have a retard on one of those things, watching at the TikTok vídeo almost killing my pooch

5-
Talking contaminated environments… look at all those scooters on the ground and destroying landscape…. I live at the Plaza … used to be nice seat on the restaurants outside…until this monstrosity of hybrid between a bicycle 🚲 and a mosquito 🦟 was brought to downtown Miami

6-
The problem is not necessarily the scooters.. it’s the stupiters ( idiot on a scooter) that cut I front of cars, people and bicycles!!!

7-
The saddest is seeing the Sobe crowd that stays on BRICKELL, trying to put the 250 pounds girlfriend, with fake eyelashes that look like 10 pounds caterpillars. Putting a hoochy monma with expanded on one of those scooters is absurd !!

8- let’s say that The scooters were Trump’s idea and we will have a reason enough for those that still want them, to have them removed from circulation!!

Vive La France 🇫🇷
In Paris they removed that bs from the streets !! Pas de trottinettes 🛴 pour les citoyens !!

Jose Jimenez
14 days ago

trump never had a good idea in his life…. consistent stupidity and failure.