E-scooter pilot program gets green light in Eugene

For both ordinances, the vote was 7-1 in favor, with councilor Betty Taylor voting against.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 2:00 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2020 2:03 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene City Council voted Monday night to approve an electric scooter pilot program.

Two ordinances were voted on following input from the community in the weeks prior.

One ordinance involved authorizing a licensing requirement for businesses that operate devices such as e-scooters as well as authorizing the pilot program.

The other allows the devices to be used on Eugene's shared-use paths, not including East Alton Baker Park.

For both votes, the result was 7-1 in favor, with councilor Betty Taylor voting against.

POLL: SHOULD EUGENE GREEN LIGHT AN E-SCOOTER PILOT PROGRAM?

Eugene will be the second Oregon city with a shared-use e-scooter program after Portland.

Eugene transportation planning manager Rob Inerfeld told KEZI 9 News prior to the decision that he sees the upside to the program.

“They can be a great transportation option for people who are looking to go on trips of one to four miles,” Inerfeld said.

Some told KEZI before the decision that they have concerns.

“I’m not super excited about extra traffic in the bike lanes," said the owner of Bicycle Way of Life Matt Ritzow. “I feel like a bicycle is a far more superior vehicle of moving around. I’m just not attracted to it. It’s kind of a toy.”

Currently, there are 14 e-scooter companies across 122 cities in the U.S.

Below is a poll put on by KEZI 9 News in June when the ordinances were still up for discussion: 

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