Scooter Wars Rage As Brickell Heights Bans Them From Their Sidewalks, While City Now Demanding Drivers Licenses To Ride

The City of Miami is now requiring drivers licenses to rent an electric scooter, while some property owners appear to be banning them altogether from their properties.

The drivers license requirement went into effect on November 1. A scan of a license is required before the scooter can be operated.

The reasoning behind the licensing requirement is to minimize the number of underage users, in order to reduce the number of incidents.

Lyft was one of only two companies meeting the new license scan requirement as of last week, according to a spokesperson. The company also hosted a free helmet giveaway and scooter demo at Bayfront Park last week.

Some property owners are moving to reduce scooter usage (or at least parking) in front of their building.

The sidewalk in front of the Brickell Heights condo towers is among the busiest for pedestrians and scooters in the city, but new signs placed by the condo association in the public right of way state bicycles, scooters, or “any mode of transportation” are not permitted to be parked there. Locked vessels will be removed, signs warn (it isn’t clear how the Brickell Heights condo association would be allowed to remove items from the public sidewalk).

Across the street at Mary Brickell Village, a signs warns scooter riders to dismount while riding on the sidewalk past the mall. Security guards there said they were only enforcing the rule on those who tried to bring scooters inside the mall property.

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Those are public rights of way. Those signs should come down.

William
1 year ago

The liberal millennial readers of TNM finally agree on something that is a basic realestate tenement. Even if it’s for the pesky scooters.. let’s at least celebrate the public right of way.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I love how your comment somehow posits that the reservation of land, by civil society, for the common use by the general public free of restrictions is a *tenet* antithetical to some sort of “liberal millennial” ideology. There’s a lot to unpack here lol

Anonymous
1 year ago

Does this mean dogs are allowed to defecate on the sidewalk? After all, it’s a “public” right-of-way. /SMH

Anonymous
1 year ago

They already do with only some owners cleaning up

Anonymous
1 year ago

“liberal millennial” ideology?

Rush Limawful and Fox Snooze taught you how to mix words well didn’t they?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ban cars from the streets, so people on scooters and bicycles have a place to ride.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ban scooter an bicycles as they get in the way of people driving their cars to and from work to earn a living. How important is a scoot on a scooter or a spandex-clad bike ride? It’s not important at all. Driving to work is vey important, as are cop cars and ambulances.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Is that comment a joke?

Anonymous
1 year ago

…I…bike to work…so…

Anonymous
1 year ago

with or without your Walmart vest on?

Anonymous
1 year ago

But.. what do you then say to the people who come on this site and want buildings built with no parking and tell others to call Uber or Lyft to get around… what do you tell those people if Uber/Lyft are banned from driving on the streets?

Anonymous
1 year ago

These scooters can be a good thing but man are some of the people riding them idiots. I’ve seen riding on the street on the wrong side of the road as well as not stopping at red lights and stop signs.

Anonymous
1 year ago

> These scooters can be a good thing but man are some of the people riding them idiots.

You should see this new thing called cars.

Anonymous
1 year ago

So it’s ok that every form of transport break the rules? Don’t get your comment.

Alfred
1 year ago

What rules? Show the rules for scooters

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeap, I almost got ran over by one! You don’t hear them coming behind you….Now I look before changing course, Crazy.

Alfred
1 year ago

I agree and I own one. But I’m a pedestrian too. The problem are not the scooters, the problem is the people who drives them.

POLO
1 year ago

Brickell is a high density area with everything within walking distance. People should get off their ass and walk. Walking is good for you people! On the other hand, I don’t know why Brickell Heights and Mary Brickell have jurisdiction of public areas.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They owned the side walks around them

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s right people, who care how hot it is.. WALK!

(pssst, you won’t catch POLO walking around in that hotass weather though)

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do scooters have air condition?!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes.. when you feel whatever the condition the air is in outside when you’re riding on one.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Brickell Key banned them months ago. Some buildings are throwing them in dumpster if they’re within the property line. The war has only begun!

Alfred
1 year ago

So They are allowed to touch private property in a public space? Wow. If some condo decide they don’t like street lights in front of their building or trees or people, they can ban everything they want? Amazing.

Anonymous
1 year ago

BAN CARS?❌?❌?❌?❌

Anonymous
1 year ago

I betcha you won’t tell that to your cousins, aunts and uncles.. or your brothers, sisters, and mother and father.

Anonymous
1 year ago

scooter riders have themselves to blame, they kept speeding through crowded sidewalks,acting like bullies, showing no respect for pedestrians so people complained about it. that’s why they are not allowed to ride on the sidewalks

Anonymous
1 year ago

Similar to pretty much everything humans do, there will always be bad apples, but overall I see them as a net good and do help solve that last mile problem in some cases

Alfred
1 year ago

The condo administrator doesn’t allow to apply “laws” in public space. Those signs are illegal, you can’t even put a sign on a public property. And… there’s no such of law in Miami about no scooters on sidewalks. Yet

Anonymous
1 year ago

I like the scooters. I hate the morons riding them, specially those who ring the bell behind you when you are walking. It’s a sidewalk, not a side scooter path. And parents riding them with kids, and idiotic tourists using them to sight see… Take a test to drive them, park them correctly, or ban them from this city like all major cities are doing it.

Miguel
1 year ago

But scooters are motor vehicles. The sidewalk is for pedestrians

Alfred
1 year ago

So I can skate and bike? No motor

Anonymous
1 year ago

These scooters are MOTORIZED VEHICLES. No other motorized vehicle is allowed on sideWALKS; that’s already the law. Just enforce it. And if they should ever hit someone negligently, they should go to prison, as one would if they did so with their car.
Electric scooters should be ridden on the street like other motorized vehicles. I’m fine with the bike lanes for that. Bikes (which generally are not motorized of course) are expected to obey traffic laws and be dismounted on sidewalks. Why is it more lax for scooters?

Scooters should also be ticketed for multiple riders, as a car could be if the driver jams too many people inside. And ticketed if they go the wrong way on a one-way street, again as it is for other motorized vehicles. And the helmet law enforced, as it is for motorcycles. These are all just basic safety rules we’ve had for decades with little controversy, but have somehow been brushed aside. Why? Why aren’t they enforced?

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Why aren’t they enforced?”

Because scooters have always gotten the stigma of being just a harmless means of transportation.

Alfred
1 year ago

You should read the Florida law before speak:
s. 316.1995 – Driving upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path

(1) …. a person may not drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk, or sidewalk area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.

The EXCEPT part is the loophole for the scooters. All the scooters you see rightnow are A TEST. The city is watching what’s going on, meanwhile, they can’t session to apply “temporary” laws or waste money to enforce them during A TEST (that ends in November). So, stop yelling and wait next year. Progress is hard to blend with old laws and old lifestyle. Will see

Anonymous
1 year ago

The license requirement is normal in many other cities. DC has it, for example.

Not Gene
1 year ago

DC also fines $75 if you don’t park in the right spot and $50 if you ride on the sidewalk. Miami should look into these fines to generate more revenue for bike lanes (but actually put them in Downtown, Ken!!!!) and to also make the sidewalks more ADA-compliant. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen wheelchairs and strollers stuck on a sidewalk because of scooters laying around blocking the ROW.

GWP CONCRETEMAN
1 year ago

Lets SEE,,,,, Parking your vehicle on a sidewalk within 15 feet of a STOP SIGN and next to a HANDICAP RAMP in most AMERICAN CITIES will certainly be grounds for removal and a non moving violation with a BIG fine. WHY does it always take the loss of an innocents person life before COMMON SENSE PREVAILS???? How hard is it to walk in the URBAN CORE instead of putting lives and property at risk by an unregulated industry that is exploiting our laws in THE GREAT STATE of FLORIDA. Who is the END USERS (Riders) INSURANCE CARRIER?????

Anonymous
1 year ago

Kenny, oh Kenny. Regulation and enforcement please.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That would require Ken to actually care about anyone outside of the Grove.

fifi
1 year ago

los scooters estan en candela…. candela, candela, scooters en candela

Accidents much
1 year ago

Ken Russell is the cause.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hmmm.. and I thought VESSELS was a typo by TNM. lolol

Brickell Resident
1 year ago

Commissioner Ken Russell is the commissioner who brought scooters to our Miami sidewalks. The fallacy is that the scooters are void of regulation of any kind. Commissioners in all other districts opposed the scooters in favor of safety. While scooters are an effective mode of transportation, the users should operate them RESPONSIBLY.

Accidents much
1 year ago

Ken Russell is respponsible. The other 4 commissioners hate scooters. In fact, the other 4 commissioners banned scooters from their districts.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol

Brickell Resident
1 year ago

The use of scooters on the sidewalks wouldn’t be a problem if riders practiced better practices, including 1) being mindful of NOT parking the scooters in the middle of sidewalks, 2) NOT speeding into pedestrians, and 3) having common courtesy and some kindness to those who are on foot.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Same can be said of car drivers.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree to this ban because most scooter users lack common sense and courtesy. If you are riding on as scooter towards oncoming foot traffic they expect you to jump out of the way. F that. Anything that is motorized belongs on a street. Sidewalks are for pedestrians.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Drivers licenses are already issued to underage drivers how damn stupid can they be

Anonymous
1 year ago

Pure madness. Someone didn’t get his right cut of the cake huh!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Funny how scooters have been around for decades and decades but hardly anybody gave a damn about them until some smartass came up with the idea to rent out the ones with a motor on it.

No wonder the USA has the most obese people in the world.

Anonymous
1 year ago

All major cities in Europe and Asia have scooters… just leaving this here.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, leave it. Not all places are happy with these scooters. Get off yours and pick up a newspaper.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How is riding a motorized scooter an exercise??? It’s not.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Now you get the point the comment is makein when it said “No wonder the USA has the most obese people in the world.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

They are a menace to the general public, more liberal lunacy courtesy of Ken Russell lining his ballot box with millennial voters who are not really stakeholders in the district, probably also received some heafty contributions from the scooter companies

Anonymous
1 year ago

Oh boy, another Limbaugh lunatic…..

Anonymous
1 year ago

You’re a fucking dumbass, u must also thi K the moon landing was faked..

Anonymous
1 year ago

He does have a point. Russell did zero to implement the program in an efficient and smart way. We all saw these problems coming the moment they were allowed on sidewalks. Yet he pushed for it because they get a cut from the rentals which will go who knows where

Alfred
1 year ago

Is a TEST Program. That’s why

Anonymous
1 year ago

Correct pronunciation – “It’s a TEST program. That’s why”

Anonymous
1 year ago

Scooters ?
Another millennium disease???
Together with entitlement, political correctness, socialism, whining for everything and rabid lesbians like Rachel Maddox!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

?????

Anonymous
1 year ago

complete non-sequitur, lay off the drugs boomer

Anonymous
1 year ago

ok pedo

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why are you in Miami then??

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sounds like you’d be better off in Texas or Alabama.

Anonymous
1 year ago

He checked his family tree, they’re all God fearing Republicans, not on any kind of government assistance, don’t booze or take drugs, and are as straight as an arrow.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Zanax dude. Get some….

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ok boomer

Alfred
1 year ago

LOL