The City of Orlando will vote on whether or not to extend its current Pilot Program for Scooter Share Services initiative under Ordinance No. 2020-65 Chapter 10.
The original ordinance, which allowed for scooters to operate within city limits, was set to expire on January 2, 2021, but if approved would be extended through July 31, 2021. The extension would allow for the City to continue to collect data on how the scooters are being used and where and would also allow scooter-share companies a few extra months to operate in light of the summer months they were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.
The extension of the program will also carry some updates like asking companies to collect the devices at the end of every day to redistribute them around town.
Over 400,000 trips have been logged on scooters downtown since the program was launched, with 1,700 scooters total allowed to operate on the streets.
Commissioner Patty Sheehan has voiced her displeasure with the currents scooter-share companies and their track record in keeping the scooters from blocking the public right-of-way and Commissioner Regina Hill has also mentioned a hope to trim down the number of permitted vendors.