Denver Public Works (DPW) has made an ordinance change recommendation to the Denver City Council to prohibit the use of electric scooters on city sidewalks.
If the change is approved, scooter riders would need to follow the same rules as people on bikes and electric bikes by riding in the street or in designated bike lanes. DPW referred the ordinance change recommendation to the city council for consideration later this month.
“Based on rider behavior observed and feedback received through Denver’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Permit Program, Denver Public Works made an ordinance change recommendation this morning to Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to prohibit electric scooters on sidewalks," Denver Public Works spokeswoman Heather Burke said in a news release.
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DPW said the move would more closely align with state law signed in May and would provide consistency for law enforcement. Under the new rules, the Denver Police Department could also start issuing citations to riders who violate the law.
The Dockless Mobility Vehicle Pilot Permit Program started last summer and was set to end July 31. Last month, DPW announced that the pilot program would now run through August to allow details of the ongoing program to be finalized.
The current ordinance allows electric scooters to operate in bike lanes and streets with speed limits of 30 mph or less. If either of those aren’t an option, electric scooters can operate on the sidewalk, traveling at a speed of 6 mph or less.
Denver Parks & Recreation is monitoring the use of electric scooters on trails through the end of October per a 180-day temporary rule, DPW said. Based on rider behavior and feedback received, the department will decide if they want to modify its current Park Use Rules.
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