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City wants citizen input on bike, electric scooter shares, take the online survey

COURTESY PHOTO: TAYLOR VICK FOR UNSPLASH - The city of Gresham is asking people to fill out a survey about shared micromobility transportation options such as short-term rentals for bikes and electric scooters.  The city of Gresham is asking folks to take a five-minute survey to help the city consider policies on sharing programs for electric scooters, bicycles and other alternative means of transportation.

"We don't have e-scooters, or bike shares or other "micromobility" options in Gresham," said Elizabeth Coffey, manager of communications for the city.

The Gresham survey has been open since early December and the city has received more than 100 responses thus far.

The survey on "shared micromobility" wants to find out what residents think about sharing programs for bikes, electric scooters and other small vehicles.

Portland and other large cities have been trying out the short-term rental of scooters and bikes for quick trips around town. The vehicles are owned by private companies such as Lime and Razor and rented through an app on cell phones.

Scooter and bike shares have become popular in many cities. The National Association of City Transportation Officials report said that in 2018, there were 84 million trips on shared micromobility conveyances, with 38.5 million of those trips on e-scooters.

That is nearly double the number of trips taken in 2017, according to the group.

But the micromobility rentals have critics, especially when it comes to the e-scooters. Most riders do not wear helmets and injuries have been reported.

The scooters are often left strewn on sidewalks, causing other possibilities for injury and making it difficult for folks in wheelchairs and other mobility challenges to navigate the sidewalks.

Riders sometimes scare or injure pedestrians as they whiz along at speeds that can exceed 20 miles per hour.

"We're looking at technologies coming up and how they might affect Gresham," Coffey said.

The city wants to consider how these micromobility modes might affect parking, congestion and equity, Coffey said.

The survey is available on the city of Gresham's web page at greshamoregon.gov.


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