Electric scooters heading west towards New Haven | Local News
Lime scooters arrive in New Haven.
Following encouragement from New Haven Police Chief Chris Hammann and City Attorney Charles Hurth at the May 10 Alderman Council meeting, council members unanimously approved a six-month trial contract. months with the electric scooter company.
“We should see how the business (of Lime’s regional general manager, Robert Greenleaf) is performing in our community, and if we feel that in six months we need to make adjustments or we need to work with him, he will want to earn money. ‘money here’. Said Warden of Ward 1 Tim Otten. “I think there are enough stipulations here for him to follow, and then we can see how it works.”
The deal comes after city officials, including Hammann, observed Lime’s interactions with the Washington community. Washington City Council gave the green light to electric scooters after its April 5 vote.
“Initially, I was going to say no,” Hammann told the audience aldermen. “However, I applaud Lime for correcting the issues that were encountered and resolving the issues that arose.”
The deal will require some tweaking before the scooters arrive, according to aldermen. Warden for Ward 2, Stephen Miller, said he was particularly concerned about the safety of runners.
“Living on the steepest side of town, I’ve seen what can happen when kids get on and off bikes and scooters,” he says. “If we see the broken arm, we really need to help them with medical care.”
To accommodate, Greenleaf said he could demarcate parts of New Haven. He also said the scooters have a top speed of 15 mph.
Ward 1 Alderman Jason Addison said he was concerned about the age of the runners.
“We went for a walk on the Missouri River Trail on Blues Festival Saturday, and I didn’t see anyone over the age of 16 or 18 on a scooter,” he said. “They were walking past us.
In response, Greenleaf said the company may add identity verification. This would prevent underage drivers from renting a scooter without the permission of an adult.
Hammann also called for a reduction in the number of scooters, but the council did not discuss a change in quantity at the meeting. Greenleaf said 75 scooters will be brought in by the official June 1 start date, but could arrive a few days earlier for Miller’s Landing Day.
According to the previous Missourian reports, Washington has signed on 60 Lime scooters.
The New Haven aldermen said they would reassess the success of the program after the pilot period ends. Then they’ll see if electric scooters can stick around – and they might consider adding Lime’s other product, Rentable Bikes.
Otten said that a combination of bicycles and electric scooters at one point “might be the better mix than just scooters,” but early residents need to learn how to use the app and the system to rent the products.