After the City of Charlottesville approved a pilot program for e-scooters and dockless bikes in November 2018, the city has now approved of a bicycle and e-scooter sharing system at their city council meeting, granting these scooters a permit to stay.
The Council proposed revisions to the Code for Motor Vehicles and Traffic to include Bicycles, E-Scooters, and motorized skateboards as well as a permit allowing the scooters to stay with minimal regulation.
Through the pilot program, the City noticed issues concerning the safety for riders, pedestrians, and drivers as well as the unregulated nature of parking.
Despite these concerns, it is clear that these e-scooters are here to stay. The City of Charlottesville has now shifted its focus to creating regulation for safe travel to accommodate the extended nature of these scooters.