Meridian City Council hosting public hearing on e-scooters

Posted at 5:16 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 07:16:51-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Meridian City Council is getting closer to making a final decision on e-scooters. An ordinance would allow two different companies to deploy between 100 and 350 scooters in the city. If a company averages at least three rides per scooter a day. they can apply to increase the number of scooters by 20 percent.

"I think we're ready to implement this and see how it goes," said Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey.

The third and last public hearing is taking place tonight, February 19. The council can choose to vote then or continue the ordinance to another meeting. If approved, the ordinance will likely take effect March 8.

E-scooters from Lime first launched in Meridian in late September, but got mixed reactions from residents and officials. Within a week, the city asked Lime to pause use of the scooters and redeploy around mid-March 2019.