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Bill Would Allow E-Scooter/E-Bike Businesses In Downtown Jacksonville

Via Jacksonville Daily Record
Dockless Jump electric scooters and bikes by Uber in downtown San Diego.

Electric bicycles and scooters could soon give Downtown pedestrians a quicker way to move on the Northbank.

District 5 Council member LeAnna Cumber filed a bill Jan. 14 to create a one-year pilot program, establishing a permitting process for dockless mobility vehicles that include e-scooters and e-bicycles, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Ordinance 2020-26 creates travel boundaries for the electric scooters and bikes from the east edge of TIAA Bank Field along the Northbank Riverwalk to the south and Beaver Street to the north. The west end of the “Dockless Mobility Zone” ends at the JTA’s Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center, which is expected to open in late March.

Cumber said she worked with JTA staff to draft the program’s boundaries and the Downtown Investment Authority to establish enforcement protocols. DIA is in charge of parking on the Northbank and Southbank.

“I want to make sure that all of our ways of getting around are coordinated,” Cumber said. “That’s what we really need to do as a city to get people out of their cars and moving in different ways.”

An expanded version of this story that goes into more detail about how the “Dockless Mobility Zone” would work is at JaxDailyRecord.