The City of Tulsa is looking to step up enforcement of the city’s eScooter laws after complaints from disability advocates and the death of a 5-year-old last week.
Councilors met with Mayor G.T. Bynum’s chief policy advisor Wednesday after disability advocates said scooters were blocking wheelchair access to sidewalks especially those near medical buildings in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The death of a child riding a scooter with his mother increased the urgency into updating the city’s eScooter ordinance.
Caiden Reyes-Ortiz was killed after he was hit by an SUV while double-riding a scooter with his mother. Police say his mother Evelyn was riding an eScooter into oncoming traffic, made an evasive maneuver causing her son to fall off into the street.
The issue of illegal double-riding and parents renting scooters for their kids was just one of many focuses of scooter misuse that will need to be addressed by city leaders in the coming weeks.
As temperatures heat up and more people go outside for recreation, there is an expected increase in eScooter use. City leaders want to get the laws updated and step up enforcement of the laws now that the initial introductory period is over.
There have been more than 250,000 rented eScooter rides in the first six months of them being legal in Tulsa.
Officials told FOX23 last week’s accident was a tragedy and highlights when Tulsa police and the scooter companies will need to step up enforcement of single-rider use and that “these scooters are meant only for adult use.”
Officials say an education campaign is in the works for users, and it is possible police could write tickets for violating scooter rules. That includes ticketing parents who double-ride with their children.
The city also expects to ask the eScooter companies to send push alerts to riders reminding them of major rules such as age and speed limits and the dangers of double-riding.
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