Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville are working on a pilot program that could unleash some of those electric scooters that briefly showed up in Cambridge and Somerville earlier this year, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) said today.
O'Malley said transportation officials in the four communities are also working with state senators Joesph Boncore (D-Cambridge) and Michael Barrett (D-Lexington) to carve out exemptions in state laws that would otherwise group the lightweight battery-powered vehicles with Vespas and other gas-powered vehicles.
O'Malley said he backs the scooters, here "in the city where public transportation really began in the United States." They scooters, which unlike BlueBikes, would not have fixed docking stations, but which would just be left wherever riders no longer need them, would help remove cars from the roads, in part by giving people a new way to get to transit hubs and decrease the creation of greenhouse gasses, he said.
He added, though, that they'll need "robust oversight and rules and regulations," something he said he'll propose after the new year.