A rental program for a popular form of personal transportation, which has also caused problems in some other cities, may be on the horizon for Evanston.
Cara Pratt, the city’s sustainability and resilience coordinator, says she expects a “community conversation” about electric scooters some time this year, and the issue “most definitely” will be discussed by City Council.
Pratt’s comments came during a meeting of the city/school district liason committee on Wednesday.
E-scooters are rented for short-term rides, similar to the blue Divvy bikes seen around town. Credit cards are used for payment.
The city of Chicago had e-scooter pilot programs in 2019 and 2020, and just approved a longer-term, citywide plan. Three companies, Spin, Lime, and Link, have each been given two-year contracts. Divvy can also add e-scooters to its existing fleet of bikes.
E-scooters have led to safety complaints in some other cities.
For example, Cincinnati is considering canceling its entire scooter program. Scooters have been illegally used on the sidewalk, under-age riders have been taking them for a spin, and there have even been comments about scooters being used in the commission of crimes (getaway scooters?).
While cancellation seems unlikely, as Cincinnati is giving its two scooter franchisees some time to iron out the problems, that city is now limiting scooter usage to the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.