Downtown Sioux Falls scooter share program withdrawn from city council agenda

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 4:48 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - An ordinance that would have brought electric scooters to downtown Sioux Falls has been withdrawn from the city council agenda for next week.

Earlier this week, city councilors Alex Jensen and Christine Erickson supported the ordinance to start a scooter pilot program here in Sioux Falls.

The program brought up several concerns for downtown Sioux Falls, including how they would be regulated, like restricting speed and where scooters would have access to ride in the downtown area.

“We haven’t even gathered all of our data from our members, which is exactly why we had this town hall today and we heard a little bit from them. You know, the fun factor of electric scooters downtown versus the need for them, the safety and the pedestrian traffic. We are a very walkable density populated downtown. We feel like people can walk from store A to store B,” said Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Griffin.

Scooters in cities like Minneapolis, Denver, and Washington D.C. are popular among residents and visitors. Downtown Sioux Falls says they aren’t necessarily for or against the idea, rather assisting in introducing the idea.

Dakota News Now has reached out to the sponsors of the ordinance for more information. We will update this story once we hear back.

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