Breckenridge says ‘no’ to e-scooters |

Breckenridge says ‘no’ to e-scooters

Dockless electric bikes sit outside the Broken Compass Brewery in August in Breckenridge. The town council voted Tuesday to ban electric scooters.
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In major cities, including Denver, the streets have been littered with dockless electric scooters. So do they belong in Summit County? The governments of the towns of Breckenridge and Frsico don’t think so. 

On Tuesday, Breckenridge Town Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance banning electric scooter businesses. The ban applies to businesses like Bird, Lime and Lyft Scooters that rent scooters to residents. Council member Shannon Haynes said on first reading that the ordinance is necessary because of potential conflicts between e-scooters and other users on sidewalks and streets. There was no further discussion upon second reading.

The ban does not apply to residents who own their own electric scooters. Breckenridge already set restrictions on electric bike rentals in February.

Frisco banned the use of electric scooters at a June town council meeting, when they also placed restrictions on electric bike rentals. 

Although the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne have not yet addressed electric scooters, they might follow suit with Frisco and Breckenridge, especially if the scooters turn up within town limits.

“It’s something that we have not talked about yet, but I would assume that we will at some point,” Silverthorne town manager Ryan Hyland said.

A neighboring mountain town has taken a different approach. Aspen City Council approved a six-month delay in June for dockless mobility companies in order to give the town time to create a management plan. Vail has not yet taken a stance. 

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