Could e-scooters be coming to downtown Jacksonville?

City Council on Wednesday approved a one-year pilot program

A woman rides an electric scooter.
A woman rides an electric scooter. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – E-scooters and e-bicycles may soon be taking over the streets of downtown Jacksonville.

The City Council on Wednesday night approved a one-year pilot program. District 5 Councilmember LeAnna Cumber introduced the ordinance last month.

It establishes a permitting process and regulatory framework for these modes of transportation... that are already being used in several large Florida cities - including Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

The bill is now waiting on Mayor Lenny Curry’s signature.

E-scooters were made legal in 2019 when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill allowing e-scooters to ride on city streets and bike lanes. Until then, scooters were limited to sidewalks and couldn’t go faster than 15 miles per hour.