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Send SLC your comments on electric scooters

You may have seen the new Bird and Lime electric scooters on Salt Lake City streets the past few weeks.

Salt Lake City granted the two companies a temporary operating agreement while a full ordinance is crafted.

The City’s Transportation Division would like to hear from you! Please participate in this survey to share your thoughts and concerns on the scooters. This feedback will help the City craft a thoughtful ordinance.

Lime Scooters Flicker

Photo: Creative Commons: Joe Flood | Flickr

Have you ridden the scooters? What do you think?

For more information

  • Bird and Lime descend on Salt Lake City (Deseret News)
  • Check out the Salt Lake Tribune’s fun write-up of putting various modes of transportation to the test.


16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Katie #

    I’m not a fan of people zooming around corners where pedestrians are walking. I’m not always steady waking and I know it can be dangerous to knock over our elderly. I see those scooters abandoned on sidewalks all over the city and in neighborhoods.
    I really wanted to like them. Hey sound like they could be fun for people if they weren’t such a nuisance for pedestrians and those with mobility needs (wheelchairs, walkers, etc).

    August 9, 2018
  2. I love them. They are easy to access and make me less likely to use my car around town. They are a great idea and I love that Salt Lake embraces new ideas.

    August 9, 2018
  3. Mary Forman #

    I see them all over! People are using them as a car! Goiter fast in the lanes!! Some ride them on the sidewalk! I think they are a little dangerous because the riders don’t use them correctly.

    August 9, 2018
  4. I think companies should be responsible for keeping users from using sidewalks. Keep sidewalks for pedestrians.

    August 10, 2018
  5. Marco #

    Last week I was walking on the North sidewalk of 500 South heading to the Courthouse TRAX Station when I was bumped pretty hard from behind by a young man riding one of these powered scooters. There were four of them riding together at a high speed and there was no apology from the individual that bumped onto me. Who knows how many other persons have had encounters with these scooters. I personally believe they should not be allowed to transit on the sidewalks. Downtown has plenty of bicycle bikeways and that is where these scooters should transit.

    August 10, 2018
  6. Caitlin Stevenson #

    These are a great idea but need to have restrictions. It is so dangerous to have people cruising on sidewalks. Drivers of cars can’t anticipate a scooter speeding toward it while leaving driveways.
    I have also seen some scooters sipping through intersections that were currently green for vehicles.
    Basically, the same issues arise as bike riders on sidewalks.

    August 10, 2018
  7. Brittany Olsen #

    I love them! Gives an easy and fun way to be more green while providing a different alternative for transportation for those who don’t have cars. Makes accessing bus stops, etc easier. It’s fabulous.

    August 10, 2018
  8. Rm #

    Love them, we need to embrace more zero emission forms of transit. My guess is that the people riding these would be using their car or one of the ride share options if they were not available. Our city is far too car centric, I hope these scooters help build the case for alternative transit methods.

    August 11, 2018
  9. Robert #

    I love them, but they need to be ridden on the street like bicycles. They are dangerous to pedestrians if we ride them on sidewalks.

    August 13, 2018
  10. Michael #

    I fell in love with the first one I tested. They are if used without care dangerous. I urge people to use them on the street just like bicycles because you won’t only hurt yourself if you collide with someone. After much consideration I decided that the Xiaomi scooter was the best choice for me. I did my due diligence and found out a lot about it, definitely recommend it:

    August 18, 2018
  11. Jeff B #

    The BIRD scooters even say on the foot board, “Do not ride on the sidewalk.” A young couple came zooming past me on the sidewalk and stopped close by. I said, “You’re not to ride those on the sidewalk, it even says it on the scooter.” The man replied, “It also says it in the app when you rent it, but I’m not riding on the street with a baby on my back.” My response was, “Well, then just don’t ride it.” I had two guys respond that they didn’t care if it said not to ride on the sidewalk on the scooter, they were going to ride it on the sidewalk, anyway. Yesterday, a LIME employee was riding a scooter on the sidewalk around Vivint Arena and lining up scooters on the sidewalk – which is prohibited – when they block the sidewalk. I mentioned both to him and he then moved the scooter off the sidewalk and onto the grass. Crazy when scooter company employees aren’t even following the rules that the scooter companies agreed to for the conditional operating permit. I’m not against the scooters, there just needs to be better education regarding where you can ride them. I think putting “Do not ride on the sidewalk” on the handlebars would be a great first step.

    August 23, 2018
  12. PRC #

    I love them. I fell in love with the first one I tested. Our city is far too car-centric, I hope these scooters help build the case for alternative transit method!

    September 26, 2018
  13. Dan Mortensen #

    I forgot to mention the most obvious problem. YOU CANNOT SEE THESE SCOOTERS! I’ve been a motorcycle and bike rider for 40+ years. I have had my share of incidents and accidents where the driver of the car said , they did not see me. These scooters, with their upright position, lack of size, and speed,you cannot identify them easily or tell if they are on the street or not until you are right up on them. I’ve breaked check and braked hard already a half dozen times, and that makes it difficult for those behind to stop as well. Each time is a potential chain reaction. I just read about the 160% spike in hospital scooter related visits, and they say those are probably a fraction of the incidents. Well, so are these chain reactive events, caused by the scooters.

    October 28, 2018
    • Thank you for your comment. We’ve forwarded it to which is the email account managed by SLC’s Transportation Division that is accepting public comment on scooters.

      October 29, 2018
  14. Unanimous #

    This has become a problem and nuisance where these scooters are left on private properties which also clearly state NO Trespassing etc. They have been found blocking drive approaches and left in parking stalls or in walking paths to the buildings and doorways. From this point forward if any scooter is found on property, It will be confiscated where fines and fees will be added where the scooter will not be released until fines and fees are paid in cash only and I’m sure other businesses will follow suit and recommend it to be done. If people who ride these scooters don’t care where it’s left then it is the scooter companies responsibility to take action on them and enough is enough……

    November 6, 2018
  15. Mary #

    Hello concerned person. The lime green and black scooters are not being left at bus stops only. They are all over and any where. Some are blocking sidewalks, and on properties. Most follow rules. Those who don’t, mess it up for the rest. It’s annoying when we see it.

    March 6, 2019

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