Public Electric Scooters Coming To Boston

Rider on Electric Scooter

An electric scooter rider in Santa Monica, California. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

By WBZ NewsRadio

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Shareable electric scooters are coming to Boston. City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that sets the stage for the scooters to emerge in the city.

The ordinance gives the Boston Transportation Department the ability to set guidelines for micro-mobility vehicles, specifically electric scooters.

The ordinance allows for the regulation of shared mobility businesses, which would let riders to rent a scooter as needed.

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley was one of the prime sponsors of the ordinance.

“This is a really exciting time in Boston. We want to make sure that the program that we eventually roll out is done right. We’re seen some cities have done it to great success. Others have had stumbles right out of the gate. But, I’m really excited for this important, crucial first step,” O’Malley said.

According to the Boston Globe, Brookline is getting rentable electric scooters this spring. Scooters were also briefly seen in Cambridge and Somerville last year.

WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports

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