Legislative push to bring electric scooters to Pennsylvania


There’s a legislative push to bring low-speed electric scooters to heavily-populated areas of Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, State College and Harrisburg. 

The electric scooter company Lime is assisting in drafting legislation. Lime hopes to deploy its scooters in late spring, with no cost to cities for equipment.

Riders use an app to unlock the scooters and take off. When people are done, they simply park the scooters on the side of the street, like a bike, and lock them through the app.

“There are literally tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who could use scooters to get to the train station, to do errands, instead of being in cars, get around much more easily,” said Shari Shapiro, the director of Mid-Atlantic government relations for Lime. 

The Lime electronic scooters have a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. The cost is $1 to unlock and 15 cents a minute to ride.

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