Brentwood to consider prohibiting dockless scooter usage at next city commission meeting, Sept. 9

As Nashville continues to work to determine how scooters will operate in the city, the Brentwood City Commission will vote next week on whether to ban them altogether.

According to background information on the city commission agenda for Sept. 9, cities in Tennessee were granted the power to regulate or ban scooters and other dockless small vehicles on the basis of safety concerns during the last legislative session, and some cities have passed similar ordinances as a result.

City officials said while it is rare, scooters have been spotted abandoned on Brentwood streets after riders were done with them.

City Attorney Kristen Corn said the proposed ordinance would only apply to dockless scooters and electric bikes available for short-term rentals and will not apply to vehicles owned by residents.

"The true safety concern is the dockless scooters being left in the right of way and the road and wherever they are when someone decides they're done with them, so that's what this ordinance focuses on," Corn said. "We've got in the draft that they are prohibited to be used on our rights of way, our streets, our public sidewalks [and] anything like that."

See the full agenda for the Sept. 9 meeting here. 

By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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