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Dallas Is Getting 1,000 Razor Scooters and Maybe Mailed Citations

It’s like Christmas 2001 all over again, except this time they’re motorized.

It’s no secret that Dallas and its scooters have fallen hard for each other over these last few months, and although fall weather is in theory right around the corner, a highly recognizable scooter company is betting this isn’t just a summer fling.

That’s right: dust off your elbow pads, children of the ’90s. Load a little Simple Plan on the MP3 player. Razor scooters are back!

Officials said, during a briefing to the city’s Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee yesterday afternoon, that the folks that popularized the scooter at the turn of the millennium are back in the game, entering the increasingly profitable scooter-share space. Michael Rogers, director of the city’s department of transportation, says Razor USA could join the fray with 1,000 scooters “possibly later this week.” Razor’s version appears to be red, as the photo above this post shows.

It’s a reflection of just how well things are going for Dallas’ current scooter companies, which are Bird, with 3,000 scooters, and Lime, with 2,000.

Since the City Council peeled back a ban on motorized scooters and instituted regulations on bikeshare in June, the transportation mix has shifted dramatically. Bikeshare companies Ofo, Mobile, and Spin took their bikes and left (or dumped them in landfills and left), while Lime reduced its fleet to 1,000 bikes.

Rogers’ briefing showed the strength of Dallas’ growing love affair with scooters. Since July 1, there have been about 450,000 scooter trips compared to about 32,000 on bike. Scooter riders go for a little over a mile per ride, where bikers stop at about two-thirds of a mile. And at peak bike usage in early March, Rogers said, each bike was used for an average of just .7 rides per day. Meanwhile, as of mid-September, each scooter was being used 4.4 times per day.

Committee members were, not surprisingly, largely supportive of how things are going. They approved a six-month expansion of the pilot program, although Councilman Tennell Atkins, who represents a wide swath of southern Dallas, questioned what exactly the city would continue analyzing. Rogers offered citations as a for instance—as in, how the city might be able to send automatic citations, red-light camera style, to riders who break the rules by, say, riding on the Katy Trail (where scooters are banned). That might not sit well with everyone, but it’s a conversation for another day. Today, the Scoot Troop rejoices.

Comments

  • manny

    I love the scooters – just not on the streets. I cannot count the number of times I’ve had a scooter pull out in front of me. Some of us still need our cars and it’s hard getting home from work when the scooters are taking up the road and not going 30 miles per hours. They riders also do not stop at corners and just keep on going causing major problems. More rules please.

    • MattL1

      Better on the streets than on the sidewalks.

      • manny

        Agree. They need to use the bike lanes or find a trail, except the Katy. I’m not against the scooters but it’s an accident (or more) waiting to happen. I’ve never seen anyone wear a helmet.

        • MattL1

          Better infrastructure for non-car vehicles would be ideal. But since most of our bike lanes are just “the street,” then the street it is.

  • DubiousBrother

    The number of scooter riders on the Katy Trail has dropped since they put the signs that say they are not allowed up. There are still those that think that doesn’t apply to them which may change when they start issuing tickets instead of warnings. I’m told the tickets can be as high as $200. Of all the riders I have seen though, none of them have worn helmets like the riders in your picture.

    • manny

      We don’t have enough police force to stay on the Katy Trail to enforce all the riders.

      • DubiousBrother

        You are correct but when they are they should issue tickets and the word will get around.

  • Randy Zimmerman

    I saw a boy about 10-11 years old riding one of these scooters on Matilda a few nights ago. It was after dark and this kid without a helmet was driving on the wrong side of the road in the rain. That didn’t look very safe to me.