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City Council to Consider Downtown Scooter Ban

The Amarillo City Council will consider voting to ban the use of scooters in the Central Business District.

According to an agenda from Amarillo.gov, the City Council will consider voting Tuesday to approve an ordinance amending Chapters 16-3 and 16- 5 to ban the use of motorized scooters on public sidewalks and right-of-ways in the Central Business District. A memo to the Council from City staff also says the proposed ordinance would “prohibit shared mobility services on public sidewalks and public rights-of-way city wide.”

In the memo, the City also says while the scooters are not common in Amarillo, staff feels there is a need for an immediate prohibition.

“While motor assisted devices (dock and dockless scooters) are not prevalent in Amarillo at this time this ordinance would maintain the ’status quo’ until further studies relating to traffic and pedestrian patterns can be analyzed to predict the potential impacts of their use in the downtown area and citywide,” the memo reads.

Also, during the meeting, the City Council will consider voting to approve a “second and final extended term for the permit issued to American Medical Response, lnc. to operate an ambulance service within the city.”

The meeting will begin at 1PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall (601 South Buchanan) on Tuesday, August 6th. For additional details, please visit amarillo.gov.

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