Town of Hempstead considers introducing publicly shared e-scooter program

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Outside of the many businesses that line Nassau Boulevard in Garden City South, parking can sometimes be hard to find. But soon, there may be another option to navigate traffic.

The Town of Hempstead is considering whether to allow the use of publicly shared electronic scooters. Companies like Lime, Spin and Slidr operate app-based, short-term electronic scooter rentals in over 100 cities and counties.

Supporters say the use of publicly shared scooters cuts down on pollution and increases accessibility for many. Similar programs have been unveiled across the country, but with mixed results.

Last month in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a 16-year-old was killed while using an e-scooter when an 18-wheeler turned into him as he was riding alongside it. The city when suspended its e-scooter program.

The city of Hoboken, New Jersey also allowed a similar pilot program to expire.

Incoming Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin says he plans to study the issue.

"I think it's a great thing to look at, but there are also other concerns," says Clavin. "There's also where do you drop these vehicles off? When someone is done with a scooter, are they leaving it on the side of the road, or is there a designated spot?"

Gov. Cuomo recently vetoed a bill that would have legalized electric scooters in New York, but he is expected to unveil a new e-scoooter bill with added safety precautions next year.


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