Electric Scooter could be coming back to Reno

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- After a short stint in Reno, Electric Scooters could soon be returning.

The Reno City Council will discuss two ordinances regarding electric scooters, also known as e-scooters. One focusing on allowed them in the city and the other one focusing on letting Reno Police respond to incidents.

This comes after the Nevada State Legislature passed a law allowing cities to pass regulations regarding e-scooters.

The topic of e-scooters has been a complex one after the transportation company Lime rolled out e-scooters in the Biggest Little City in late 2018. City officials at the time said they were not given a heads up about the move and proper rules were not in place to have e-scooters.

Reno Sustainability Manager Lynne Barker says the concerns the city has regarding e-scooters is that the scooter are being used safely, not see e-scooter litter and for the scooter not to block any sidewalks.

The council at today, November 6th, 2019, meeting will be presented with the two ordinance. Barker says then there will be a first and second readings. If the ordinances pass, then staff will come back later this year to present the idea of beginning a pilot program.

The Reno City Council meeting begins at 10 a.m. at Reno City Hall.

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