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Cities That Have Banned Electric Scooters: A Comprehensive List

The rise of electric scooters as a popular mode of alternative transportation has also led to a growing number of cities enacting restrictions or outright bans on their usage. This has been due to a variety of reasons, including safety concerns, pedestrian complaints, and a lack of proper regulation. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive list of notable cities around the world that have banned electric scooters or enforced strict regulations with regards to their use.

  1. San Francisco, California, USA
    San Francisco temporarily banned electric scooters in June 2018, after the city was overrun with scooters from companies like Bird, Lime, and Spin. Permits were granted to some providers later in the year, with strict regulations.

  2. Madrid, Spain
    In late 2018, Madrid ordered shared electric scooter companies to remove their devices from the streets, stating that they were causing accidents, traffic jams, and pedestrian complaints.

  3. West Hollywood, California, USA
    West Hollywood enforced a strict ban on electric scooters in July 2018, prohibiting scooter rentals and the operation of scooters within the city limits.

  4. Beverly Hills, California, USA
    Beverly Hills also instituted a ban on electric scooters, citing concerns about public safety and the lack of proper regulation.

  5. New York City, New York, USA
    New York City has long banned electric scooters, and anyone caught riding one can be fined. However, recent developments have shown potential changes to this legislation.

  6. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    Honolulu enacted a ban on electric scooters within the city, with fines for those caught riding one.

Some cities opted for strict regulations rather than outright bans, such as Los Angeles and Chicago, which have enacted pilot programs that enforce specific rules and restrictions for scooter use. It is important to note that scooter regulations are subject to change, as new legislation and regulations emerge in response to the rapid growth of this alternative mode of transportation.

Before renting or purchasing an electric scooter, it's crucial to research the local laws and regulations in your city or any city you plan to visit. Keep in mind that additional cities may decide to impose restrictions or bans on electric scooters in the future to address ongoing safety and logistical concerns.

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