Scooters Are Returning To Miami’s Streets, With Severe Restrictions

Miami commissioners voted yesterday to allow electric scooters to return to the streets, but only with severe restrictions.

According to CBS4, scooter companies will now have the following added restrictions:

  • Riders must wear their own helmets (with selfie verification a possibility)
  • Hours of operation reduced to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (according to the Herald)
  • Scooter speeds must not exceed 10 MPH on sidewalks
  • Riders cannot ride side by side and must only go single file
  • Maximum of two scooter vendors allowed to park on each block, down from four

In addition, the entire scooter test pilot will expire on January 5 due to city limits on temporary programs, the Herald reported. In the likely event that the city fails to enact a permanent program within the next five weeks, the scooters will be removed again.

The commission vote was 3 to 1. Ken Russell, Christine King, and Alex Díaz de la Portilla voted to reinstate the pilot with the added restriction, while scooter critic Manolo Reyes voted no. Commissioner Joe Carollo did not attend the meeting.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

We have some of the dumbest elected leaders alive.

Helmets? You can ride a motorcycle on 95 but you need a helmet to ride a scooter a maximum of 10mph in downtown?

Anonymous
1 month ago

My last vote was for none of them and will never be. Idiots.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thats a long ride on a scooter from Brickell to Wynwood

Anonymous
1 month ago

Literally nobody will wear a helmet. Also, the 9pm curfew serves no purpose. Micro mobility is micro mobility no matter the time of the day. If I need a scooter to go to Wynwood in the evening, I would need it to return to Brickell when I’m finished in Wynwood. Stupid.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No! Servers who get off work after 9pm should be forced to walk! (sarcasm, obviously)

Stupidity from these elected officials.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think one of the biggest problem with these scooters is that they are littered all over. Why not created docking stations like Citibike

Anonymous
1 month ago

That can definitely be done on a geofence basis or just outlining a scooter corral they already have them down in Brickell. Dockless allows you the flexibility to use the device as a real transportation medium.. I don’t want to ride just the last mile although you should be able to ride from public transportation of some other sort I wouldn’t mind riding 5-10 maybe even 15 miles on one at a crack or more not a problem

Anonymous
1 month ago

40,000 people a year die because of automobiles in the U.S. but politicians make regulating little scooters their highest priority.

T G
1 month ago

the helmets are a complete non-starter.

no one is going to buy a helmet just to use the scooters.

unless you already own a bicycle, you probably don’t own a helmet. and if you do, you wouldn’t need a scooter.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bring your helmet to the club night is coming to Eleven!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I beg to differ with you I bought a full face helmet ( XLITE🇮🇹)after I had not been riding A FULL SCALE MOTORCYCLE SINCE MY LAST MOTORCYCLE TOUR IN 2007 just for that purpose and found out it was a little too much for the application…

Azarius
1 month ago

Nobody wants to walk around with helmets everywhere they go just to hope on a scooter for a few blocks

Anonymous
1 month ago

So if you have your own scooter you can do whatever but when renting it you need to follow this stupid rules?

Anonymous
1 month ago

No mandated parking areas…..? These rules are idiotic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is so dumb, especially not to allow it 24/7

Anonymous
1 month ago

The problem is not the scooters. The problem is the riders that have no respect for anyone when they leave them strewn all over the sidewalks like trash for someone else to pick up. If the riders were more responsible and considerate to everyone else, we wouldn’t have an issue. I don’t own a car and I have an E-bike and I like the idea of the scooter as a mode of transport, but we need to have parking spots for them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

True.
The scooter “program” should include a HEAVY fine ($75 first offense, $150 second offense, $250 and scooter account suspension) for any BAD ACTORS.
The APPs already have payment systems and access to identification, the collected fines can pay for the management costs of this unwieldy beast.

Dont punish people who are courteous and responsible. Punish the jackasses who ruin it for the rest of us.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Still absent from this “debate” is how many accidents really occur?

They have referenced 7,000 rides per day.
Q. How many deaths per ride? Or deaths by mile?
A This answer is zero
Q. How many hospitalizations per mile?
A. No one seems to know or even think about it

Coconut Grove Karen reported “Near misses” (which she really means “near hits….but nevermind that.) But no major collisions.

Rumor has it, that the only thing that saved CGK was that she was wearing double N95 Masks.
Safety first!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The ones who need the helmets are the pedestrians! We live in Coconut Grove and have had several close calls with the speeding scooters on the sidewalks weaving in between the pedestrians. Ditch them altogether. Just not safe when you have morons operating them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agree…stupid—these were banned to protect pedestrians on the sidewalks…how is a rider needing a helmet going to reduce the risk of some moron going into me?…who is going to enforce these new rules?

Menonymous
1 month ago

You

Anonymous
1 month ago

Morons are the people driving, texting and running red lights.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And driving with close windows operating air con even with 65 decrees outside.

Anonymous
1 month ago

NEWSFLASH!!
Coconut Grove Karen has “CLOSE CALL” with speeding scooter. Calls for a ban on all people who move and think more quickly than she does.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Funny, I thought these were called “sidewalks,” not “scooter highways?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

The commissioner should wear helmets and take the shortbus.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If they only could put the same limitations on cars, which cause way more accidents and deaths!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The number one issue with these is still being ignored: there needs to be designated parking areas.

Requiring helmets just means no one will be using them and we’ll still have scooters strewn everywhere on our sidewalks.

Anonymous but you can call me Mike
1 month ago

One of the main complaint was that scooters were left on randomly parked and stationed on sidewalk. Nothing in this new stricter requirements reported on this article mentions any of this.

Menonymous
1 month ago

Notice that some of the main complainers come from buildings where their own residents are the ones parking haphazardly.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Set up its own lane like Copenhagen they have a bike lane its own stop lights

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh yeah – I’m SURE that people are going to follow those restrictions…

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

I doubt the app will shut it off at 9pm and the possible selfie for a helmet will be glitchy even for people with helmets on.

Menonymous
1 month ago

The app does shut them off at 9p

Anonymous
1 month ago

Pleased to see the scooters back on the street today, with absolutely no helmets in sight! Sorry Karen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I can tell those who are for scooters have not had their vehicle dented/scratched, or had to walk on the street when they are loitered all over the sidewalk during an event at arena. Focus on cleaning up public transportation and metro mover!

Menonymous
1 month ago

You came from DORAL to go to that event at the arena and here you are complaining. If you lived in downtown or brickell you know we dot take our cars there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Do this to cars please!

Anonymous
1 month ago

These rules are ridiculous.

Make car drivers wear helmets.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should create docking stations with helmets instead. That would improve 1) the littering of scooters throughout the sidewalk and 2) the safety of scooters. Helmets are a good idea, but nobody is gonna bring their own.

Sommon Cense
1 month ago

Lmao this isn’t going to work. Here’s a thought. If you’re so concerned about people’s safety, rather than requiring a helmet (which I promise you hardly anyone will be on board with), just make the damn scooter have 4 wheels instead of 2. Bam. Drastic improvement in the number of wipe out incidents.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope corrupt commissioners to spent the money that they get from bribes to the doctors.

Disgruntled Taxpayer
1 month ago

And will the Miami Parking Authority remain the only law enforcement entity to regulate this menace? Just how often would we expect to see meter maids in pursuit of the packs of teenage idiots terrorizing the sidewalks? Or hey, how about the families who rent them for the 12 year olds? As a downtown Miami resident and pedestrian, I am serious contemplating the purchase of a good baseball bat for the express purpose of self defense.

Menonymous
1 month ago

As a long time resident of downtown I can’t wait to see you land in jail in your quest for “self-defense”. Get your bat , better yet move, you are the menace here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ok Karen. Good luck with that. Hope you’re at least white or you have zero shot at that self defense claim.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is not micro-mobility at all. They are being used by tourists with no respect for neighbors. If we want to offer them for micro-mobility, limit them to people with Miami Driver Licenses. Tourists are the one messing up the deal.

Menonymous
1 month ago

Now you want to ban tourist from Miami ? Good move there fella.

Alex
1 month ago

Hey All – a lot of the comments on here are missing the big picture. This is a knee jerk response to so many people being injured by vehicles while riding on scooters. Miami is NOT a pedestrian friendly city and so we must pressure our leaders to improve the bike lanes and the safety of our residents. Miami is growing, tax revenue is soaring, now is the time for big ideas. Look at the highline in NYC or 606 in Chicago. Both are awesome examples of how to get around a city.

Attached are a few contacts for you to reach out to if you want a faster and safer city for what I personally believe is the future with personal EV bikes and scooters.

Angel R. Carrasquillo – OFFICE OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS: ASKOCI@miamigov.com
Christine King – Wynnwood/Midtown/ Buena vista – cking@miamigov.com
Joe Carollo – Brickell/ downtown – jcarollo@miamigov.com

Also – you can find your commissioner at:

https://miamigis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e44c932135584e77b4ad9866a0798568

Please everyone write or call!

Francis Suarez
1 month ago

Do not ride on sidewalks must be rule #1.
Plus they are just littered everywhere, so just take them away!