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To Scoot Or Not To Scoot? Rideshare Summit On South Coast Takes Up The Question

The future of shared bicycles and scooters was the topic of discussion at a summit meeting Thursday in Santa Barbara.

Participants included a group of transportation experts and those with an interest in the popular new way to get around.

An official from Santa Monica said that she had never seen a transportation idea take off as quickly as she has seen with scooters in her area.

In Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria, there were many issues involving the scooters, such as rider and pedestrian safety, as well as parking.

For now, the scooters are banned there.

In Isla Vista, however, the bikes and scooters remain available, and can get students to UCSB for a price typically under two dollars.

The companies say they keep their bikes and scooters in good condition, with new lights and safety reflectors.

For now, each community is still working separately on what should be allowed in their areas.

Andy worked at KCLU from 2016 until 2022.
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