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Scooters Are The Newest Transportation Trend. Will They Catch On In San Antonio?

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News
Three electric scooters owned by rental company Bird ready for riders in Austin.

Electric scooters are zooming through cities nationwide but with mixed results. In San Antonio, this alternative form of transportation is becoming a more common sight in downtown.

Rental companies like Bird and Lime provide the dockless devices, charging by the minute. Operating a scooter typically starts with a smartphone app which facilitates payment and the entire service experience. 

Although scooters individualize and expedite trips, they can also place significant responsibility on the customer.
From making sure the devices don't become a public nuisance to following safety rules on the road, what do potential riders need to know? 

What do San Antonio residents think of these scooters? As some cities handle contentious negotiations with rental companies, how are local regulations developing?
Will this technology be a success in the long-term? How can cities improve options for transportation?


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