Moore tables code changes for scooter-share companies

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

People ride a Lime scooter before the OU football game.

MOORE — The presence of electronic scooters that can be accessed via smartphone app has dwindled in Moore.

Until that changes, the city won't be dealing with it.

Council unanimously voted to table a motion that would have changed the city's ordinance on share vehicle systems to put restrictions on scooters. This would have included the number of scooters that can be "dropped" within city limits and fees companies would have to pay for placing them in Moore, Assistant City Attorney Brian Miller said.

"We have had scooters in our community for several months," Miller told council. "I used the Oklahoma City ordinance as a template and modified the language of the ordinance."

But, Miller said he's not certain if there are any scooters still in Moore. One scooter share company, Bird, has taken its products off of the Oklahoma City metro area, while the locator map on the app for Lime shows none of its scooters are in Moore.

Another company, Gotcha, recently dropped its scooters in Norman. But there are none shown to be in Moore currently.

"We're not even sure if there are any scooters still here," Mayor Glenn Lewis said.

Still, adding language to the ordinance to cover scooter-share services would prepare the City of Moore for any in the future, Miller said. The ordinance would have set a maximum of 25 scooters in the first initial drop.

A $240 fee would be owed to the city to place scooters in Moore, plus $36 for each shared vehicle, Miller said. After the initial drop, a company could come back to the city and ask to place more.

"If they can show there's additional demand, they can add five more two times per year," Miller said. "That's what Oklahoma City charges. They had larger numbers [in their ordinance,] and that's what we modified."

Danielle McKenzie, council member for Ward 1, said she would not be voting to approve the ordinance changes, at least not at this time. On the one hand, she doesn't see any need since no scooters are present in Moore.

McKenzie also said the interactions she's had with residents about the scooters have been positive.

"I don't see this is necessary, so I don't want to see this right now," McKenzie said. "People like the scooters and like using them when they're here."

McKenzie made a motion to reject the proposed ordinance changes. Louie Williams, Ward 3 council member, then asked Miller what could happen if the city doesn't make them.

Miller said it would allow any scooter-share company to come in and drop scooters without restrictions on the amount and with little oversight from the city. At that point, City Manager Brooks Mitchell said his advice would be to table the item so council can take action in the future if there is a need.

Norman Regional Health system physicians reported injuries from residents riding scooters around town were on the rise. Collectively, they have seen between 25-30 in just the first five months of the year.

Most injuries included fractures to the arm or face, and none of those hospitalized were wearing helmets while riding.

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