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Scoot over! City of Boise gets ready for E-Scooters

CBS2 has learned that at least one vendor, Bird, has applied for a permit to operate. It says the scooters could make getting around Boise faster and easier and could help reduce vehicle traffic. (File Photo)

The city of Boise says that it expects E-scooters and E-bikes to hit the streets and sidewalks in just a few weeks.

CBS2 has learned that at least one vendor, Bird, has applied for a permit to operate. It says the scooters could make getting around Boise faster and easier and could help reduce vehicle traffic.

While the city is no stranger to bike share companies like Boise Green Bikes which make it easy to grab a bike and go, the new bikes, E-Bikes and E-Scooters can be "dockless," meaning they don't have a station like this to lock them up.

So before anyone scoots around town, Boise City leaders want to make sure the sidewalks don't become a mess.

"One of the great things about our city is we are very bike friendly city," city spokesperson Mike Journee said. "So we want to be cautiously optimistic about what this could mean for Boise but we also want to make sure we avoid the pitfalls."

Here in Boise you'll be able to ride them on streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and the greenbelt at a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour.

These dockless E-Scooters and E-Bikes have already been rolled out across the country in places like Washington D.C, Seattle, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

For many cities the new technology has also brought forward some new problems, like the bikes being left in random inconvenient places.

"They can be a challenge from the sense of clutter from a sense of public safety and those kinds of things, right of way blockage that kind of stuff," Journee said.

That's something this bike friendly city is hoping to avoid. The mayor and city council have looked at the best practices from other cities and are working closely with the interested vendors to make sure they know the do's and don'ts.

"In order to make things as workable as possible you know is a total limit of all of these vehicles from these types of companies at 750 in our city," Journee said. "Each company that might come in is limited to 250 vehicles whether it's an E-Bike an E-Scooter or regular bike."

Each company will have a local representative and needs a business license to operate. For each of their bikes and scooters there is a fee and deposit.

The city says the companies will be responsible for making sure their rides are out of the way.

"Any bike that's considered a nuisance, if it's left in a right of way left on a sidewalk or a doorway or in some odd place than we're asking folks to call the city clerk's office,"Journee said. "They're responsible for working with these kinds of companies and making sure that things are taken care of if that bike is not taken care of within 24 hours there is a fee and a penalty associated with that."

The city says it is working to have a good community partnership with all of the companies interested in bringing their business here.

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