As Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan indicates she may welcome scooter-share to Seattle — an idea some City Council members have been behind for months — questions ranging from rules of the road to legal fine print remain.
In cities across America, private companies have deployed electric scooters that operate similarly to dockless bike share. Just this month, scooters launched in Spokane and Everett. Tacoma welcomed them last year.
Supporters see another alternative to cars that can help reshape the way we get around in an increasingly congested city and in the midst of climate change. But Durkan, who has raised safety and liability concerns, appears in no rush to roll out the scooters. It could be January before scooter companies could get the go-ahead, according to her office.