Pittsburgh City Council Set to Approve Ordinance on Electric Scooters

  • Date: 09/20/2021

The polarizing Spin electric scooters filling Pittsburgh streets (and sidewalks) have made their way to the City Council.

Mayor Bill Peduto announced Sept. 6 that his administration would introduce an ordinance intended to regulate use of the low-speed vehicles, which have ballooned in popularity since they popped up over the summer. Since July 9, in fact, the scooters have made a total of 156,000 trips and wracked up more than 228,000 miles. Love them or hate them, these ubiquitous little things are making quite the stir.

According to the ordinance, riders are required to be 18 or older and are prohibited from traveling faster than 15 mph. They must only ride on streets with designated “pedacycle” lanes, or on streets with a maximum speed limit of no greater than 25 mph.

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