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Dockless Scooters and Bike Share Meet Mixed Receptions

Milwaukee is poised to start a Scooter share pilot. Meanwhile, a “lock to” requirement for bikes in Chicago may stop companies like ofo and Lime from keeping a foothold in that city.
July 17, 2018, 7am PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Bike and scooter share regulations continue to evolve around the United States.

Indianapolis is considering allowing pilot programs for scooters and dockless bike shares, the city had previously not allowed either. "Elsewhere in the Midwest, dockless scooters have landed in Milwaukee, with Bird dropping off about 60 scooters in one neighborhood, Urban Milwaukee reports. The outlet also reports that Lime is in discussions with the city to launch," Rachel Kauffman reports for Next City.

Meanwhile in Chicago, bikes must have "lock to" ability or the city limits fleet sizes. The city wishes to restrict bikes with wheel locks in favor of bikes that can be locked to posts and bike racks. Lime and ofo, two companies that provide dockless share bikes with wheel lock mechanisms, have protested that the regulations are unique to Chicago and unnecessary.

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Published on Thursday, June 28, 2018 in Next City
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