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Austin allows for wreckless scooters, electric bikes on some tracks next month – News – Austin American-Statesman

They have hit the streets, they are on the sidewalks, and although they are not allowed on Austins paths, dockless…

They have hit the streets, they are on the sidewalks, and although they are not allowed on Austins paths, dockless electric scooters have found a home there too.

But next month the pilot program allows both dockless scooters and electric bikes to drive on multiple tracks maintained by the park and recreation department.

The program will begin in December and will last for about nine months until autumn 2019.

“The Austin City’s strategic direction includes a business goal to get us where we want to go whenever we want to get there, safe and cost effective. bicycles and scooters are an alternative mode of transport that, if properly used, can serve to support the goal, “said Kimberly McNeeley, Director Parkers and Recreation, in a memo to the City Leader on Monday.

According to memo, electric bikes and scooters will be allowed on the following tracks:

Johnson Creek
Shoal Creek
Northern Walnut Creek Trail
South Walnut Creek Trail
Ann and Roy Butler Trail only electric bikes)

Barton Creek Greenbelt and other natural areas or nature reserves will remain borders.

“PARD acknowledges that certain trails, including trails through nearby restricted-bound parks, trails close to recreational facilities such as playgrounds, tracing through nature areas such as green belts and nature reserves, were designed and constructed only with the leisure user in mind, and at this time These do not track capacity, surfac e or width to safely receive motorized electric bikes or scooters, “says the notebook.

Parks and recreational data show that more than 1

,600 dockless scooters are already on the streets of Austin and companies like Lime and Bird are planning to get thousands more to the city.

City officials hope the tracking program will help leaders find out what changes need to be made to the city code to keep pedestrians and dockless scooters or bicycle pipes safe.

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