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(September 11, 2019)

Following a crash that seriously injured a 9-year old riding a scooter, scooter companies Lime and Spin will be required to take additional safety precautions and improve public education.

"The injury to the child is a very unfortunate incident and we wish him a speedy recovery," said Mayor Jean Stothert. "This is an important reminder to parents and adults that the use of scooters by minors is strictly prohibited. Riders must be 18-years-old and have a valid driver’s license. This is part of the contract all riders agree to when they use the app and participate in this pilot."

The pilot will determine if scooters will be allowed in Omaha at the conclusion of the pilot.

As a further precaution to prevent underage riding, users must now scan their driver's license; Spin has already added that requirement, Lime will start tomorrow. Both companies will be required to increase public education so all riders understand the safety and age requirements, and where and how to ride. The maximum speed may also be reduced from the current 15mph. These changes would be implemented for the remainder of the six-month pilot which ends November 15.

One of the criteria of the pilot is the scooter companies must show that scooters provide healthy and safe transportation options.

After discussing the pilot today with Chief Schmaderer and Chief Olsen, the city attorney, planning director and manager of parking and mobility, Mayor Stothert said all agree the pilot should be completed. An evaluation of all citizen feedback, injury reports, law enforcement concerns, and data about the use of scooters will be used to prepare a public report and determine if long-term scooter program will be implemented, with city ordinances that must be followed.

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