May 19, 2023 - Transit

Lakewood presses pause on e-scooter rentals

Illustration of an electric scooter with a "Sorry, we're closed" sign hanging from the handlebars.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Officials in Lakewood announced this week that they will no longer offer e-scooters for rental, after receiving feedback from residents.

Flashback: Lakewood launched a pilot in 2022 with 90 devices spread across 12 city locations.

The latest: In a community survey this year, many residents said the mobility devices cluttered the sidewalks and made Lakewood less pedestrian-friendly.

What they're saying: Lakewood councilman Tristan Rader, who was not part of the decision-making process, told Axios he felt Lakewood should have kept them to accommodate "last-mile transportation" needs.

  • Yes, but: "What these companies charge per ride is not cool, and there aren't enough safeguards for kids," he said.

The bottom line: "Scooters are a gap measure for a larger problem," Rader said. "We need to be investing in public transit."

What's next: Scooters and e-bikes may return with additional planning, but right now Lakewood is conducting a feasibility study for a bus circulator to address transport needs.

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