Tulsa Traffic Code Changes For Electric Scooters, Bicycles

Wednesday, October 24th 2018, 6:48 am
By: Dave Davis

The Tulsa City Council is set to update traffic codes concerning electric scooters and bicycles.  Both are popping up in cities around the country and here in Oklahoma.

A vote could happen at City Hall Wednesday addressing changes that would put electric scooters and electric bicycles into the traffic codes.

This comes as both are creating some controversy.

Earlier in October Oklahoma State University in Stillwater banned electric scooters on campus and a change.org petition started up shortly after, as students fought to get them back.

10/15/2018 Related Story: OSU Bans Motorized Rental Scooters On Stillwater Campus

Other cities have complained about riders abandoning them ,clogging up public spaces.

Also a class action lawsuit has been filed against companies Bird and Lime, after numerous injuries were reported. Lime maintains safety is at the core of everything they do. Bird says they already are operating in Stillwater, Oklahoma City and Norman.

8/7/2018 Related Story: Officials Issue Warning About Safe Usage Of Electric Scooters

Electric scooter sharing has not come to Tulsa yet, and Wednesday's traffic code amendment would address the issue.

The ordinance change defines scooters as going no more than 15 mph and electric bicycles could go up to 28 mph and have an age restriction on who uses both of them.