Reno City Council takes no action electric scooter pilot program

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- It could be a while before Reno sees electric scooters around town.

The Reno City Council at its February 12, 2020 meeting took no action on the pilot program, deciding to bring the issue back up in three months.

They plan on bringing in scooter companies from Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane, to learn more and hear user feedback.

Reno in late 2019 went through a process to change the laws regarding electric scooters. Now they are only a few steps away before the scooters are on Reno roads.

A city official says in Nevada, the transportation sector is the largest sector generating climate pollution and that electric scooters and other alternative forms of transportation can get people out of their cars.

A few years ago, Reno approved a pilot program with Lime for a bike sharing program. The city reports between May of 2018 and March of 2019, there were nearly 60,000 riders, more than 115,000 miles ridden and 3,302 gallons of gas saved.

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