Dripping Springs bans use of motorized scooters in city limits


Companies such as Bird, Jump, Lime and Ojo will not be allowed to bring electric scooters and other dockless mobility options to the city of Dripping Springs in the foreseeable future.

Dripping Springs City Council on March 12 approved a new ordinance that prohibits the use of motor-assisted scooters and like vehicles within the city limits. The ordinance includes a fine for individuals who leave regulated dockless options at public places.

According to the ordinance, those who operate or leave a motorized scooter on public sidewalks, streets, properties and parks in Dripping Springs are subject to a fine up to $500.

The ordinance also gives the city permission to impound any related vehicles if left unattended. When a scooter is found, the city will leave a warning notice on the scooter, giving owners 24 hours to remove it before being impounded.

While dockless mobility has not become an issue is Dripping Springs, other Central Texas cities have seen the vehicles introduced to their areas. In the city of Austin, over 17,000 dockless scooters and bikes were introduced between April 2018 and January 2019, according to the Austin Transportation Department. The department paused issuance of new licenses to dockless mobility operators Jan. 17 as staffers assess the demand for the devices and begin to craft further possible regulations.

Cities such as Fredericksburg have also banned the vehicles, while cities such as Pflugerville are working to create rules around the recent arrival of dockless electric scooters.

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  1. Thank goodness there’s some common sense in leadership still left in some cities. My home town of San Antonio has just gone ga ga over these ridiculous and dangerous toys that have not only resulted in multiple injuries (and no doubt deaths to come) as well as make the city look like some kind of high tech junkyard. Good for you Dripping Springs. Good for you!!!!

  2. Kristi Mckenzie

    Good for Dripping Springs and Fredericksburg! We have restrictions and guidelines in Austin, but no one is following them. Riders frequently zip down sidewalks, bike lanes going either direction, along trails without helmets. Once they are done, the electric scooter is frequently abandoned In the middle of a walkway obstructing the sidewalk or handicap ramp off the curb.

  3. I am very jealous of Dripping Springs residents right now. It’s a nightmare walking, biking, or driving in Austin with the electric scooters racing about like the laws of physics do not apply. The riders don’t think about people with disabilities when they abandon the scooters in the middle of a sidewalk, and they often dump them in piles that make the city look like a trash heap.

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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