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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 29, 2019) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg said today that e-scooter usage has grown beyond expectations, warranting appropriate regulations that put pedestrian safety first.
“Pedestrian safety must be our top priority,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “While I remain committed to nurturing innovative transportation solutions, we must institute best practices to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone using City streets and sidewalks.”
City Council approved the six-month pilot program last year with a light-touch approach to regulation while they watched the new transportation mode evolve.
“The program has exploded to a level that potentially compromises pedestrian safety, creates congestion on sidewalks and even impedes the City’s ability to effectively clean the sidewalks,” Nirenberg said.
Tighter regulations and more oversight for the pilot project will be considered by the City Council on Feb.14, and City Council will continue working with City staff to propose rules that adopt best practices from around the nation later this spring.
“I am confident that we can develop regulations that protect pedestrians and drivers while enabling e-scooters and e-bicycles to remain a viable form of transportation,” the mayor added.