Arlington Considering Allowing E-Scooter Use On Sidewalks

October 21, 2019
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Electric scooters soon might be allowed on Arlington sidewalks. 

The county’s board is scheduled to host a public hearing Nov. 16 to gauge feedback on proposed transportation changes, including allowing scooters to be used on sidewalks. 

“Our community has a wide variety of opinions about e-scooters and e-bikes,” Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said in a statement. “But the demonstration project clearly showed these devices are serving a need and add another safer, more sustainable travel option than driving a car.” 

During a pilot program, the scooters were banned from sidewalks, the county said. 

Over the first 10 months of the program, about a half million trips were reported on e-scooters in the city. Thirty-one percent of scooter riders said they used their cars less often during the pilot. 

About 62 percent of scooter riders said they always or often used bike lanes. Proposed legislation would set a street speed limit of 15 mph for scooters. 

The maximum sidewalk speed would be 6 mph, the county said. 

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