RI (October 31, 2019)… Earlier this week, electric rental scooters
reappeared overnight on our streets. This past summer e-transportation devices
made headlines for all of the wrong reasons: they were left littered on public
and private property, they were hacked and used for criminal activity, and in
some cases reckless operation led to collisions with pedestrians and drivers
creating serious public safety concerns.
I sponsored, and the Council passed, a resolution asking that the
administration provide the Council an Audit of e-bike and e-scooter pilot
programs in the City to ensure that informed decisions could guide our
agreements moving forward. The resolution asked that the report be provided 30
days after passage and as of today, we still have not been provided with this
report. The City Council, or members of our Council staff, were not briefed
prior to the arrival of e-scooters on Sunday.
troubled that after our bad experience with e-devices this past Summer that a
roll-out happened without warning and without going through a full review
requested by the Council.
support alternate modes of transportation. These companies provide our
residents an environmentally-friendlier transportation option, something I
believe is important. However, we should not move forward without taking the
time to review and vet our programs publicly and ensure that implementation is
executed in a way that supports public safety, holds businesses accountable,
and makes sense for our city.