Omaha mayor signs off on electric scooter pilot program

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha pedestrians will now be able to try out electric scooters on the city’s streets during a six-month pilot program.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Mayor Jean Stothert signed off on the scooter program Tuesday. That will allow two companies that rent battery-powered scooters, Lime and Spin, to begin offering the transportation option.

The scooters are equipped with GPS so users can track them down for rent through a smartphone app. A 10-minute ride will cost around $2 to $3.

The scooters can’t be used on sidewalks, and users must follow all rules of the road when driving them. The scooters’ speed is limited to 35 mph.

The companies plan to collect and charge the scooters each night to be redistributed the next day.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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