Blacksburg, VA Town Council passes regulations for electric scooters

The Blacksburg Town Council, on a 6-0 vote Tuesday night, passed regulations governing the use of electric scooters and the companies that specialize in renting out the devices.

The new rules, which also cover electric bikes and motorized skateboards, come on the heels of Spin, a Ford Motor Company subsidiary, launching an e-scooter service at Virginia Tech as part of an 18-month study by the university’s Transportation Institute.

Blacksburg’s ordinance also comes amid the recent arrival of another e-scooter service in Roanoke. Scooter market leader Lime launched in Roanoke last month with a fleet of 100 scooters and made plans at the time to grow that network of devices to 400.