The scooter company Bird began a six-month trial in the city on Friday by implementing a soft launch aimed at improving mobility and decreasing carbon emissions.
Those eager for the return of electric scooters in the city don't have to wait any longer.
In its vote, the council pointed to safety risks and the lack of outreach done by scooter companies.
You can only ride the electric scooters on roads, not sidewalks.
Riders can download the Lime app on their smart device to learn the location of the nearest scooter or bike.
In the meantime, police will enforce a "zero-tolerance policy", including impounding the scooters and handing out citations for vehicle code violations, officials said.
Following the shared bike craze, electric scooters seem to have taken its place as the most trending transportation alternative in cities like Los Angeles.
A representative from Bird says the scooters are meant to solve "the last mile problem". From investors' perspective, high demand indicates the shared scooter industry could be very promising. It's estimated that $3.5 billion was invested into scooter- and bike-rental startups globally in the first half of 2018, according to data firm CB Insights.
"Initially when the scooters were dropped here, we weren't prepared for it so we developed this innovative pilot permit program to allow the operation of these dockless scooters and bikes in our city", Heather Burke, spokeswoman for Denver Public Works told 9NEWS. That's when the council will be considering an ordinance that would effectively ban the scooters and give the city permission to seize them. Vice Mayor John Mirisch was the sole protester. One Instagram account called Bird Graveyard, with more than 13,000 followers, posts videos of people "executing" the shared scooters. Riders can abandon the scooters anywhere when they're done.
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