Meridian reconsiders e-scooters

Posted at 11:35 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 01:35:20-05

MERIDIAN — After pulling e-scooters from the streets of Meridian last fall, the city has been working with multiple e-scooter companies to draw up an ordinance.

“It’s really about how the community operates on them in terms of where they should operate them at what speed. If it’s 25 miles per hour, their allowed to be in the roadway. If it’s over 25 miles per hour. We ask them to be in the sidewalk in that respect, but all of that needs to be done with public outreach whichever companies are selected to operate in Meridian,” said Robert Simison, Mayor's Chief of Staff.

Lime and Bird e-scooters rolled out in Boise last fall.

A Boise man who works for Lime and Bird says there are pros and cons to the scooters.

“I think it is a really good thing for the city. I just want the companies to be held to the fire and know that they have to have better customer service and treat us as citizens right, especially those like myself who are working for them independently and give us a fair shot you know,” said Randy Rutland, Boise resident.

Either way, the city of meridian wants your feedback.

“We’ve been in constant communication with Boise. We’ve gotten feed back from them. We listened to the presentation they gave to their city counsel and the comments and feedback through that process so ya we’ve defiantly reached out to them and had conversations at the appropriate level to get feedback and guidance from their perspective,” said Simison.

Simison says if the counsel decides to move the ordinance forward they will open up applications to two e scooter companies to deploy here.