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Boise prepares for e-scooter arrival after Meridian's halted trial

Posted at 11:02 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 01:02:15-04

When it came to the debut of the eco-friendly Lime electric scooters, the city of Meridian had good intentions from the start.

"There are so many dockless, unsubsidized options available," said Luke Cavener, Meridian City Council Member.

But the lack of education on protocols left Meridian citizens with enough concerns that the city made sure all scooters were removed from the streets-- after less than a week.

And soon they are coming to Boise.

"What's that gonna look like in Boise if we're already seeing problems on day one and day two in Meridian?" said Jeremy Maxand, resident of Boise.

Boise city officials are now saying they are "cautiously optimistic."

"We're limiting the total number of vehicles that come in through these kinds of companies to 750," said Mike Journee, Communications Director, City of Boise.

The city is also requiring business licenses, one of which collects $100 fees per each scooter the company deploys.

"And as part of that business license, they have to have someone, a local representative here on the ground who's gonna be responsible for operating the business in our community, and be able to respond to the challenges that come up," said Journee.

Some residents are concerned with scooters being left in pedestrian pathways. Maxand says he saw comments on Facebook where users were telling people in wheelchairs to move the scooters themselves if they are in the way.

"And trying to move a 20 pound scooter out of the way and not damage it, um, could cause you to fall into traffic, or fall and break something," said Maxand.

He says both the city and the private company should be held accountable, so, "That there's adequate public education, that people who have complaints know who to call, that the business is taking responsibility. That the city's enforcing the code," said Maxand.

Code that Maxand says should be focused on one central idea.

"We want to be the most livable city in the country, but I don't think we can do that unless we're the most accessible city in the country," said Maxand.