Fort Lauderdale Beach is putting its foot down. Maybe a better way to put it is that the city is pulling the plug on electric scooters…at least for the summer. Yes, you heard us right! Electric Scooters are banned for the summer on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
The city allows the electric scooters aka ‘e-scooters’ to operate on its sidewalks except during “high impact events” when there’s a greater chance of accidents occurring. This pretty much makes sense.
The latest high impact event…Summer time!
The city announced Monday that electric scooters will not be allowed to operate on its beach for the rest of the summer while schools are out. This will run through Aug. 18, 2019.
This current ban follows beach bans during Spring Break and the Tortuga Music Festival, which took up all of March and half of April. It also went for three days in May for the air show and the city’s Memorial Day weekend beach bash event.
“It’s too much of a free-for-all out there,” said Commissioner Steve Glassman, who represents the central beach area. Four companies have provided dockless scooters in the city that riders rent using a smartphone app.
“I always wanted to see if we could make it work,” Glassman said. “For it to work, it has to be safer and it has to be more regulated and the rules have to be enforced.”
Commissioner Glassman said he supports electric scooters but thinks they pose real dangers on beach sidewalks that are already crowded enough with sidewalk cafes and pedestrians.
Commissioners plan to discuss the electric scooter situation on the beach at their June 18th meeting. Officials are waiting to see if the governor signs a bill passed by the Legislature this year that would give THE CITIES the ability to allow scooters to operate on streets and in bike lanes. The state currently restricts them to sidewalks, but even that is up to individual cities.
In fact, Fort Lauderdale is the only city in Broward County that allows electric scooters. It was the first city in the state to adopt a dockless mobility law, which applies to companies such as Lime, Bird, Bolt and Gotcha.
Glassman said the scooters may be too much trouble in a few places.
“The most mentioned so far has been [State Road] A1A, especially A1A on the sidewalks, and Las Olas Boulevard and its sidewalks,” Glassman said.
Between November 2018 and April 2019, there were more than a half-million rides on for-rent dockless scooters in the city.
That averaged out to more than 3,000 riders a week and more than 730,000 total miles driven, according to city statistics. There were seventy-four crashes during that time in which emergency medical services were contacted, Ten of those incidents were considered serious and required trauma transport.
All we know at the Dive Bar is that whether you use an electric scooter, a bicycle, a unicycle or your two feet, you gotta get down here!. We are located off the beach on Galt Ocean Mile in North Fort Lauderdale.
Remember that The Dive Bar has great pub grub, karaoke all week, live bands all month long, lot’s of cool and happy people, great vibes, stiff cocktails, and the best staff this side of the Mississippi. We hope to see you down here ASAP. We will save a stool for you.