The Orlando City Council voted to extend the city’s Pilot Program for Scooter Share Services back in December 2020 but recently voted to make the program permanent at last week’s council meeting.
“I know the transportation staff is going to faint, but I am going to vote yes on the scooters today because I have seen a tremendous improvement in picking them up and making sure they’re not blocking sidewalks and blocking wheelchairs and blocking seniors being able to get around downtown. So I’m delighted to say that I’m very happy to see the improvement, so I will not be voting no today.”– COMMISSIONER PATTY SHEEHAN, DISTRICT 4
The pilot program allowed for scooters to operate within city limits for a three-year window while city staff observed and gathered data on which companies it would allow to continue to operate within city limits, if any.
A new permit program has since been adopted that will allow for three two-year operating permits to three scooter rental companies; Bird, Lime, and Veo. Other companies that participated in the pilot program like Spin, Razor, and Jump will not be permitted to operate in city limits.