Santa Fe city council votes on temporary e-scooter ban

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Wednesday night, Santa Fe city councilors approved a temporary ban on scooter-sharing companies, as the city considers whether to start a pilot program. 

Two laws were passed in the vote, the first, passing unanimously to temporarily outlaw rental scooters on sidewalks, in parks, and other public spaces. The second law asks the city manager to come up with a pilot program for the scooters.

Councilor Carol Romero-Wirth said the vote is about seeing whether the community even wants scooter-sharing; and if they do, ensuring there’s a plan to avoid the nuisance and safety issues that have popped up in other cities. 

Albuquerque’s scooter pilot program is expected to begin this month, through a partnership with Zagster. 

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