First look at electric rental scooters coming to Albuquerque

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Albuquerque could be seeing those rentable electric scooters all around town within a month. Friday, KRQE News 13 got a look at how they work and how the city could make money off them.

City Councilor Pat Davis says he’s been working on getting electric rental scooters here in Albuquerque all summer.

“I think we expect several hundred of these to show up really quickly, as soon as the permits are issued,” said Davis.

Right now, Lime and Bird, two companies that have been dropping scooters into cities around the country, are working with the city to bring them here.

Davis hopes to have scooters in every Albuquerque neighborhood.

“You got to have them on both ends of Central, and on every neighborhood north and south of town to make a citywide network,” he said.

Using an app and a credit card, rides with Lime cost $1 to unlock the scooter and then $0.15 for every minute.

The companies will pay a permit fee to the city to do business here. The city’s hoping to negotiate a small daily fee for every scooter in use.

“We’re not in the business of making money off of this. We’re simply saying, we’re going to expand our transit options,” said Davis.

The money from those fees will be used to build bike trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks.

There’s no exact number on how many scooters Albuquerque will have just yet. However, the Director of Strategic Development for Lime tells KRQE News 13 it could be hundreds.

“To rolling out our scooters, where it starts in the 50-100 range. Then increases based on usage and demand,” says Sam Dreiman.

After introducing the idea last month, people in Albuquerque expressed mixed feelings.

The city council will vote Monday night on regulations for the scooters, which includes that daily permit fee for every scooter. That could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the city.

Those regulations also include a $50 fine for the companies when a scooter is left in the middle of the sidewalk or on the street for more than 24-hours.

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