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Many cities were unprepared for the ubiquity and popularity of micro-mobility, which includes the electric scooters, and docked and dockless bicycles that have become commonplace recently. The legislative responses to these “personal transportation devices” has varied, with some cities embracing this disruptive form of transportation and others attempting to ban it. Given the fact that many millennials seem uninterested in purchasing cars and commuters’ frustrations with existing forms of mass transit continue to increase, micro-mobility may be part of the solution to urban congestion and pollution. Micro-mobility has raised concerns about the safety of riders and pedestrians, as accidents have happened with electric scooters traveling on sidewalks at speeds of 15 mph or more, and about these devices creating a public nuisance and potential hazard when dockless bikes and scooters are left on public streets and roads.
Please join Gail Gottehrer of the Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC and Ronald J. Hedges of Dentons US LLP as they examine the legal issues associated with this new form of transportation and the technology that drives it, including:
- Are these personal transportation devices street legal, and what are the rules of the road for them?
- What regulatory approaches have states, cities and local governments taken in response to the arrival of these devices?
- Who is liable when a rider or a bystander is injured by one of these devices?
- Who owns the data that is being collected by micro-mobility providers, and must it be shared with government agencies?