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City of Cleveland selects 4 companies to bring electric scooters to city streets for 6-month trial run

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Posted at 8:04 AM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 08:04:45-04

CLEVELAND — Electric scooters could be back on the streets of Cleveland as soon as next week. The city says they are currently reviewing permits for four vendors as part of the dockless program.

Those vendors include Bird, Lime, Spin and Veo-Ride. The city plans to issue permits to three vendors for the 2019-2020 program.

If there are no issues after six months, the city will decide if those companies can stay on the streets permanently.

Scooters will likely be set up in areas like Ohio City, Tremont and University Circle. Electric scooters have been a hot topic not only in Cleveland, but other cities across the country.

In Denver, one person recently died in a scooter-related crash. News 5's sister station says the 26-year-old man tried to cross the street and rode directly in front of a car.

During the pilot program in Cleveland, the scooters are only allowed to travel up to 12 miles per hour. They won't be allowed to travel on streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or higher.

Riders can park them between sidewalks and curbs, but they can't block pedestrian traffic. Vendors will need to remove the scooters from the sidewalks and curbs by 7 p.m., returning them to their docking areas by the next morning.

There are a series of events planned in August for those who plan to use the scooters as well as those who will need to share the roadways with them.