Could Electric Scooters Take to Philadelphia Streets This Summer? - NBC10


E-scooters weigh less than 100 pounds and ride at a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour.

Could electric scooters soon be zooming along Philadelphia streets, like they do in other cities like Washington D.C., Baltimore and Los Angeles?

Philadelphia is among the last big-city holdouts to allow e-scooter rentals. However, City Council already approved them for rent. But the state legislature has yet to approve them, and companies looking to bring e-scooters to city streets need Harrisburg's approval.

These electric scooters weigh less than 100 pounds and can hit a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour.

New York City and Philadelphia are the last two of the top ten U.S. cities to hop on the e-scooter bandwagon.

Proposed state legislation, House Bill 631, would create a new definition for "electric low-speed scooters" and would impart on them the same regulations as bicycles.

The bill is currently in the House transportation committee awaiting a public hearing.

Some appeal to e-scooters is in their cheap rental prices and accessibility.

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