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Chula Vista City Council approves pilot program for motorized scooters, bikes

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 19:13:41-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Chula Vista residents could soon be able to ride motorized scooters under a new pilot program approved by the City Council Tuesday night.

In March, the city plans to ask for proposals from scooter and bike businesses. Under the pilot program, the city will track bikes and scooters.

City councilmembers say they want to find out where people are using the devices so they don’t clutter parts of the city where they’re less popular.

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Vehicle code within the city will require anyone under 18 to wear a helmet. Those over 18 won’t be required, but are advised to wear a helmet.

The city also plans to maintain tight control over how many motorized scooters and bikes are in the city at one time.

The first month of the program will see 500 scooters, followed by 250 the second month and another 250 the third. The city set a cap of about 5,000 devices within Chula Vista.

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Councilmembers say scooters will have to be operated on the street while municipal code allows the bicycles to be ridden on some sidewalks.