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Love them or hate them: Electric scooters are returning to Omaha

Love them or hate them: Electric scooters are returning to Omaha

Love them or hate them: Electric scooters will soon return to Omaha.

The City Council on Tuesday took another vote on operating agreements with scooter companies Spin and Bird and approved them 4-2.

It wasn’t clear Tuesday when scooters will be placed in areas like downtown, Midtown, Benson and North Omaha, but it could be within days. The agreements last through November.

Tuesday’s vote came after the council last month voted against those agreements, with Councilman Ben Gray expressing concerns about how many scooters would be placed in North Omaha and whether the companies would adequately clean the devices. He has subsequently said Spin and Bird representatives have addressed those concerns.

An ordinance that went into effect last month defines the rules of scooter operation, which prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from riding them. Scooters cannot be operated on sidewalks or on roads with speed limits greater than 35 mph, among other rules.

Violating any of the terms of the ordinance could result in a $100 fine.

Councilmen Vinny Palermo, Brinker Harding and Pete Festersen joined Gray in voting for the agreements. Council President Chris Jerram and Councilman Rich Pahls voted against them. Councilwoman Aimee Melton was absent.

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Reece covers Omaha City Hall, including the City Council and Mayor's Office, and how decisions by local leaders affect Omaha residents. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL graduate. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127​

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