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Boulder extends temporary e-scooter moratorium to April

Transportation Advisory Board to hold public hearing before Council takes up ordinance

Pooja Singh, right, and Kate Shemwell ride e-scooters at a demo hosted by Boulder, the Boulder Chamber and several e-scooter companies on Sept. 18 in Flatiron Park.
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E-scooter companies eager to deploy fleets in Boulder will have to wait a little longer.

City Council on Tuesday, at the request of city staff, extended the temporary moratorium on granting business licenses to any commercial electric scooter companies and prohibiting electric scooters on sidewalks, bike paths and open space through April 21. The moratorium. initially imposed in May, was set to expire Feb. 4.

Lengthening the moratorium another two months gives the Transportation Advisory Board the chance to hold a public hearing at a Feb. 10 meeting, prior to when Council will hold first and second readings of an e-scooter ordinance, staff wrote in a memo to council.

Council is set to hear a micromobility analysis, options and staff recommendations for e-scooter rules on Jan. 7, before the transportation board’s public hearing.

Following the board’s hearing, Council will have a first reading of the ordinance Feb. 20, and a public hearing and second reading on March 3. Ending the moratorium April 21 gives time for the new Council ordinance to take effect before the temporary ban expires.

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