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Minneapolis Officials Allow Electric Scooters

Minneapolis officials recently announced e-scooter companies Lyft, Spin, JUMP, and Lime will be allowed to send their devices into the city for the second phase of its pilot program. According to this new deal, there will soon be 500 e-scooters from each of these four companies on Minneapolis’s streets.

Most of these e-scooters will be placed in the Downtown area, but Minneapolis also wants companies to place devices in more economically disadvantaged areas. This second pilot program will run until the end of March 2020.

The most surprising feature of this announcement was that Minneapolis barred e-scooter giant Bird from participating in this program. Both Bird and Lime were the only two companies allowed to operate in Minneapolis over the past year.

According to city officials, Bird didn’t meet Minneapolis’s high safety standards. Minneapolis was also concerned Bird didn’t share the city’s goals for making e-scooters more accessible to low income citizens.

In response to this announcement, Bird executives said they are still interested in working with Minneapolis to address issues. A company spokesman also noted that there is strong public support for Bird e-scooters.

A Primer On Minnesota’s E-Scooter Laws

Under Minnesota law, e-scooters are generally regarded as equivalent to bicycles. For instance, it’s mandatory for both e-scooters and bicycles to have headlights and taillights to help with nighttime visibility.

E-scooter riders under the age of 18-years-old are required to wear a helmet at all times. Nobody under the age of 12 can legally operate an e-scooter in Minnesota.

Currently, it’s illegal for e-scooter users to ride their devices on sidewalks. The only exception to this rule is when the rider needs to cross a sidewalk to travel to a nearby property. In all other cases, Minnesota urges e-scooter riders to use bike lanes or stay near the curb on the right side of the road.

For more info on Minnesota’s current e-scooter standards, please check out this link.

Need DUI Assistance In St. Paul? Call Congdon Law, PLLC

The e-scooter phenomenon won’t go away overnight. As more Americans seek alternative modes of transportation, these devices are likely to be more common across Minnesota in the ensuing years.

As with any new technology, there are likely to be growing pains associated with e-scooters entering into Minnesota’s big cities. One issue some have raised with micro-mobility has to do with DUI, especially after a few high-profile scooter DUIs in other US cities. You can get a DUI on a bicycle or scooter in many states.

If you’re convicted of DUI in Minnesota, then you should get on the phone with Congdon Law, PLLC at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are experts at all aspects of DUI defense, including complex issues involving e-bikes and e-scooters.

Never hesitate to reach out to Congdon Law, PLLC at (651) 314-9620 if you have any legal concerns.

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