Frisco puts temporary ban on certain ride-share scooters, bicycles

Frisco has enacted a temporary ban on ride-share devices, such as motorized scooters.

Frisco has enacted a temporary ban on ride-share devices, such as motorized scooters.

After ride-share scooter company Bird was ordered to remove its fleet from Frisco, City Council enacted an immediate but temporary ban on certain ride-share mobility services.

The ban, which was approved Dec. 18, will remain in place until the city comes up with an ordinance regulating ride-share mobility services.

The ban makes it unlawful for anyone to park or place ride-share equipment, such as bicycles and motorized scooters, on public property. Under the ban, the city has the right to impound any ride-share bicycles and scooters. The owner of the devices will face a fee of $50 per device.

The ban does not apply to any programs established in the city before Dec. 1. Nor does it apply to any that operate on private property, including the ride-share bicycle program at Hall Park.

Bird launched a fleet of about 200 rental scooters Dec. 5 without consulting the city. Frisco City Council held a special meeting Dec. 14 to discuss how to proceed after receiving complaints from residents and business owners. It was at the Dec. 14 meeting that the City Council ordered Bird to remove its fleet by 8 a.m. Dec. 17.

Frisco Development Services Director John Lettellier said code enforcement staff spent about 44 hours collecting the scooters, but more were being dropped off in the city as of Dec. 18. Deputy City Manager Henry Hill said representatives from Bird apologized for the miscommunication.

The temporary ban does not have an expiration date, but council members said the city is aiming to have an ordinance to regulate ride-share programs in place by February. Council members also stressed that this ban does not mean the city is against ride-share programs.

"Frisco has been incredibly friendly toward technology, has been incredibly friendly toward mobility-type solutions," Council Member Tim Nelson said. "We have vehicles driving around town in the Hall Park area that don't even have drivers. So to suggest that Frisco doesn't embrace technology, that it doesn't embrace new ideas, that it doesn't embrace new possibilities, is kind of ridiculous. I think what we're looking for is a collaborative effort, a partnership."
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