“While the moratorium is in effect, city staff will have an opportunity to study the issues and recommend regulations that address the public safety and aesthetic issues for city council to consider,” Hamer said.
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While tackling the issue of shared mobility devices, Kettering is also considering how to enforce laws involving autonomous operated vehicles.
Council passed legislation adjusting the city’s traffic code to allow law enforcement the latitude to address accidents and other related traffic issues when the vehicle in question is in a “self-driving mode.”
Hamer said the legislation adds new definitions to laws that will “assign responsibilities for the operations of those autonomous vehicles.”
Oakwood has joined Kettering in banning the scooter and other shared-mobility devices. In July 2019, Oakwood city officials voted unanimously to enact a one-year moratorium on the devices.
“Dockless electric scooters and bicycles, which are available to be rented on demand from unstaffed locations, have arrived in many cities suddenly and unexpectedly and have proliferated rapidly,” Councilman Rob Stephens said.
In late August 2019, San Francisco-based Spin put about 100 to 120 e-scooters in downtown Dayton. The scooters were an instant success, and the company decided to roughly double its local fleet. Scooters often are used to shorten trips around the center city.
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Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, said scooters offered a unique way to explore the city.
“Giving people the opportunity to explore downtown in different ways is important, and the scooters are a complement to other mobility options, such as the Link bike-share program and the RTA’s free Flyer bus, that give people the choice of different ways to travel in downtown,” Gudorf said when the scooters were launched last year.