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Chula Vista launches e-scooter pilot program

Posted: 9:30 PM, Oct 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-14 08:55:24-04
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CHULA VISTA, Calif., (KGTV) -- Following in the footsteps of neighboring San Diego, the City of Chula Vista launched a one-year e-scooter pilot program Sunday.

Lime representatives held a "first ride" event at Discovery Park, introducing Chula Vista residents to the scooters.

The event included safety training and an obstacle course where participants could practice using the scooters to get a free helmet.

The city says the pilot program will allow Lime to stage 500 e-scooters at popular locations across Chula Vista for the first month.

If all goes well, Lime can add 200 e-scooters every month after that.

Some love the convenience. Others say they have seen too many problems in San Diego to support them.

"They need to have parking areas for these things and designated legislation for helmets if they're going to have these things out there," said Daryll Coleman, a 12-year resident of Chula Vista. "That's my opinion. Should they be out here? I don't think so."

This comes just two months after the City of San Diego notified Lime that it was revoking the scooter company's operating permit. The city claims Lime violated its geo-fencing rules.

Residents say they are curious to see how the mayor's office will adjust rules to fit their city.