Council tables plan for return of Hen scooters to Columbia – Information – Columbia Day by day Tribune
Hen scooters gained’t be returning to Columbia streets this fall after the Metropolis Council on Monday night time voted to desk a brand new settlement with the corporate for six months.
The corporate’s flock disappeared from Columbia after a earlier settlement expired in November. The newest proposal, a three-way association that included the College of Missouri, would have allowed 400 to 500 of the electrical scooters.
But it surely was pulled from the council’s consent agenda after First Ward Councilwoman Pat Fowler proposed tabling it, citing Hen’s potential impression on downtown companies.
“We’re in the course of a pandemic that’s adversely affecting our downtown companies,” Fowler stated.
Eating places downtown are utilizing sidewalks for service and devoted parking areas for carry-out meals, Fowler stated.
“I don’t wish to yield the area to a enterprise that’s not right here after we might permit our downtown companies the time to get their toes beneath them,” she stated.
Public Works Director David Nichols famous that scooters weren’t allowed on sidewalks or to take up parking area. Fowler, nonetheless, reminded him that customers didn’t at all times comply with the foundations beneath the earlier settlement.
“Do you bear in mind the final time they had been right here?” Fowler responded.
Nichols later instructed riders to “lean (scooters) up towards parking meters or numerous locations like that.”
Additionally, he stated, scooters would come with geo-fencing, software program controls to implement velocity limits and prohibit entry from sure areas inside the metropolis.
Fowler’s movement handed on a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Brian Treece, Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala, Sixth Ward Councilwoman Betsy Peters becoming a member of Fowler.
Second Ward Councilman Mike Trapp, Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas and Fifth Ward Councilman Matt Pitzer opposed the delay.
“We ran throughout some unanticipated and maybe some anticipated issues with (electrical scooters),” Skala stated. “You’re assuring us that a few of these issues have been ironed out.”
Skala stated a shorter interval for added work on the settlement can be most popular, however as a result of winter is close to, and the scooters are usually not alleged to be on the road in dangerous climate, he was backing the six-month delay.
“My place goes to be to help this tabling for this six month interval and a few of this will get sorted out,” Skala stated.
The key concern was with customers failing to go away scooters in designated areas. Peters stated that it appeared like many autos had been left on sidewalks or obstructing handicapped entry final 12 months.