Students who opened their dockless "Bird" or "LimeBike" electric scooter apps at the weekend were not greeted with the usual barrage of icons indicating scooters available on campus.
In response to a city government that was passed by a city government Thursday morning until early morning on Friday morning, the stowaway scooter companies have ceased their operations until approval under the new
regulation exists] "From the beginning we respect the rule of law and we will not operate outside the borders of the regulation just adopted, "said bird spokesman Kenneth Baer in a statement. "We look forward to working closely with the Austin Transportation Department to get approval as soon as possible."
At the meeting, Councilors unanimously approved a decree that supplemented the existing city law and made it clearer is illegal for scooters or bicycles that can be left behind on city streets, avenues or sidewalks without authorization.
LimeBike spokeswoman Mary Caroline Pruitt said in a statement that the company will immediately remove its scooters from the streets of Austin. The statement also states that both dockless bikes and E-Assist wheels
The new approval process will begin on May 1
Bird and LimeBike scooters landed in Austin in early April, while the city was still talking about how best to bring the dome-free vehicles to the new approval process The city decided to give both companies 24 hours to take their vehicles off the road or
The new licensing procedure would allow several other forms of boilerless vehicles to apply for permits, including local Austin-based companies such as GOAT, a dockless scooter company.
GOAT owner Michael Schramm spoke to the council during the meeting, saying that his company has patiently waited during the city's dockless forum process and now faces a tough fight against two already widespread companies in the dockless scooter market
"Please consider the damage inflicted on the local companies who patiently waited patiently and worked patiently with the city to properly enter the market at the right time," Schramm said during the meeting.
Elliott McFadden, Managing Director of Austin B-cycle, the city's current station-based bicycle system, said He feels the approval process has been accelerated, and the city has ignored community feedback.
"Bird and Lime … did not want to wait for the trial in February," said McFadden. "We're doing all that stuff and hurrying for a few
James Lentz, President of the Campus Bike Alliance at UT, said he supports the city's decision to introduce the approval process. Lentz has said he has heard from students that the scooters occasionally block bike racks, but he has not seen any major issues on campus.
"I think (the city) is pretty reasonable," said Lentz. "It seems to be aimed at keeping the right of way safe and accessible for all, which is obviously necessary."