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Mae Love
September 10, 2018

While electric scooters have without a doubt transformed the way we travel around cities, they aren't without controversy.

Backers say scooters are convenient public transportation.

The City of Louisville told WHAS11 it has offered a 30 day extension to its temporary agreement with Bird Rides, Inc, which placed the motorized dockless scooters in Louisville and other communities across the country. Rather than waiting for a bus or taking their auto, Lyft users will be able to pull out their phone, unlock a scooter, and then take off to their destination. But one city official said the company has around 15,000 devices citywide, according to Curbed.

"Lime welcomes the Los Angeles City Council's approval earlier today of new regulations allowing companies to provide enhanced mobility options for the city's residents", a Lime spokesperson said.

The downtime at night will be an opportunity to charge, service, and transport the scooters, according to The Verge, which received confirmation about the rollout from Lyft. It expects this will lead to better care of its scooters, so users can feel more confident they aren't about to ride on a broken or risky scooter.

The city says it is willing to work on an agreement with the Bird company to allow them to legitimately operate in town, the news release stated.

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The dockless Lime and Bird scooters have proliferated in Westside communities over the previous year, leaving local governments scrambling with how to regulate them. Right now the scooters are not street legal, and not allowed downtown in the business district at all.

In addition to the limits on the number of devices, the rules passed by the Council set a 15 miles per hour speed limit on scooters and e-bikes and requires companies to carry a $5 million liability insurance policy.

Both companies say, despite being known for ridesharing, they see enormous potential in electric scooters and bicycles.

In the future, operators will be required to use technology that can tell if a device is parked upright.

The approach rankled some cities, but helped the companies grow quickly and win over customers.

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