DOWNTOWN – Zipping along St. Louis’ streets on a scooter may be fun, but it’s hardly the safest way to travel, especially after dark. And now, nighttime scooter rides have been banned downtown.
Residents and businesses in the Downtown and Downtown West neighborhoods complained in a meeting with city officials about drunken and disorderly scooter driving on area sidewalks, particularly by people leaving the area’s bars and other nightspots. So the street Department has set a scooter curfew banning their use between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The curfew for these areas begins immediately, seven days a week, and will continue indefinitely as part of a broader effort to improve public safety downtown.
Not only do riders in the dark pose a hazard to pedestrians and motorists, but such riders are less likely to be able to see and avoid bumps and potholes in their path.
“Today’s decisive action illustrates this administration’s commitment to working collaboratively with Downtown residents and businesses,” Nick Dunne, spokesperson for Mayor Tishaura Jones, said Friday in a statement. “This is just one step towards a more comprehensive plan, and the City continues to solicit input from Downtown stakeholders around policies to improve public safety.”
Scooter companies Lime and Bird have agreed to shut down their scooters for the hours of the curfew.