Gilbert staff to monitor scooter rental services

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Gilbert staff will monitor scooter rental services and did not bring it before Town Council at its Dec. 20 meeting.

The town will look to see where the scooters fit into the town’s transportation picture while addressing residents’ concerns about them, officials said.

“Scooters, autonomous vehicles and other modern transportation options are changing the way we move around Gilbert,” town spokesperson Jennifer Alvarez said in an emailed statement. “We are paying attention as these technologies are evolving on a daily basis.

“We want to be responsive to businesses and residents’ recent concerns about electric scooters in the community, but we also want to be mindful of remaining open to integrating new technologies that make sense here in Gilbert moving forward. We are working on micro mobility solutions that will keep safety top of mind and will still allow Gilbert to be at the forefront of innovative opportunities that bring value to our residents and community.”

Bird, a scooter rental service, recently deployed its scooters in Gilbert, as it has in several other Valley cities. The scooters are placed on sidewalks and other public areas and made available to rent on the spot using the company’s mobile phone application.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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