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☷ City of Germantown Tennessee - City Proposes to Ban Dockless Scooters in New Ordinance
City of Germantown , state Tennessee ( By Press Release office)
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A few years ago , dockless rental scooters and similar small vehicles hit the streets of America and saw a brief boom in popularity . With help from a GPS locating app , people would conveniently grab one , zip to
their destinations and leave them lying on the streets , waiting for the next passenger . But without homing docks , the scooters cluttered sidewalks , streets and parks , impeding traffic , posing safety hazards and littering green spaces with jumbled metal and wheels .
Consequently , many city leaders across the country have gotten fed up with their residents tripping over randomly scattered scooters and are giving the vehicles the boot . In Germantown , City leaders are taking preventive measures against similar issues by considering the adoption of an ordinance that would ban On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicles and On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicle Systems in public spaces . On April 11 , the City’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen held its first of three readings on the ordinance .
“One of our top priorities is to keep the streets and sidewalks of Germantown safe , accessible and clean , ” said Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo . “While we encourage the responsible use of privately owned small vehicles , we want to avoid the potential hazards of commercialized , dockless small vehicles in public areas . To that end , your City is taking a proactive approach to prevent this from becoming an issue for Germantown . ”
Following are some common questions about the proposed Ordinance 2022 - 05 , which would amend Chapter 16 - Streets , Sidewalks and Other Public Places , Article III , Division 4 , of the municipal code .
Where can I read this ordinance?
Click here .
Can you summarize it for me?
The proposed ordinance prohibits On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicles and On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicle Systems on public rights - of - way or public property .
It also bans bicycles , scooters , electric bicycles and other small vehicles when this equipment is offered as a short - term rental and doesn’t require a dedicated rack or docking station .
What is an On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicle?
An On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicle is a bicycle , scooter , electric scooter or other small , wheeled vehicle designed specifically for sharing by using GPS technology and can be deployed as part of an On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicle System .
But what’s an On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicle System?
An On - Demand Dockless Small Vehicle System is a service that provides bicycles , scooters , electric bicycles , electric scooters or other small vehicles for short - term rentals for point - to - point trips and which may be locked and unlocked without needing a bicycle rack or other docking system .
When is the second reading of this ordinance?
The second reading and public hearing will take place at the May 9 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting , which starts at 6 p . m . at City Hall , 1930 S . Germantown Road .
What if I’d like to express my opinion about it?
There will be a public hearing at the May 9 reading . You are welcome and encouraged to share your opinion at this time .
Why does the City want to adopt this ordinance?
The City has extensively researched other municipalities and taken note of the negative impact that these vehicles have on public health and safety . We’ve also studied similar ordinances from other cities and modeled our own ordinance by using those best practices .
Would this ordinance mean that my own scooter or bicycle is banned?
No . This ordinance doesn’t affect privately owned bicycles and scooters . It only addresses those vehicles that are available for rent . If you do own a bicycle or scooter , we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you to be safe and wear a helmet , though .
What about bicycle - sharing programs?
Bicycle - share programs would still be allowed in the City . However , the ordinance would prohibit short - term bicycle rentals that don’t have a dedicated rack or docking system for return after use .
What gives the City the authority to adopt this ordinance?
The General Assembly passed a law , TCA 55 - 8 - 302 , that gives cities the authority to regulate or prohibit electric scooters due to concerns of public health and safety . Germantown has chosen to exercise this authority .
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