Electric Scooters

SHEBOYGAN — In Monday's meeting, the City of Sheboygan Common Council adopted the ordinance regulating the rental and operation of electric scooters in Sheboygan.

According to the document, Bird Rides, Inc. has already expressed interest in operating an electric scooter rental business within city limits. The hope is that, in turn, more rental agencies will express interest in coming to Sheboygan as well.

Here are a few highlights from the ordinance:

• The ordinance refers to "electric scooters" as those weighing less than 100 pounds that has handlebars and an electric motor with a maximum speed of not more than 20 mph. This does not include electric personal assistive mobility devices, motorcycles, motor bicycles, electric bicycles or mopeds.

• No timeline was provided on the city's partnership with Bird Rides or any other organizations as to when the scooters may be coming to Sheboygan.

• Electric scooters may be operated on any roadway under the city's jurisdiction with a speed limit of 25 mph or below. They will not be allowed on roadways with a higher speed. They will also not be permitted on on city sidewalks, boardwalks or on the North or South piers. They will be permitted on recreational trails.

•  Where possible without impeding the flow of pedestrian traffic, electric scooters may be parked on a sidewalk or in a bicycle rack or similar area designated for bicycle parking.

• No person or business can offer short-term commercial rental of electric scooters to the public without a license. Applications for commercial rental licenses shall be made in writing to the city clerk.

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