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Eugene Officials Weigh Introducing Public E-Scooters

Brian Bull

Electric scooters may become a thing across Eugene next year.  Officials are considering introducing them across the city as they have with the bike share program that launched in 2018.

“We’re always looking out for new sustainable ways that people can get around in Eugene and meet the city’s goals around reducing the amount of transportation that generates greenhouse gas emissions," says Rob Inerfeld, Transportation Planning Manger for the city. 

"We’d like to take a much more deliberate approach to invite companies to provide their services on the city and community’s terms.”

Inerfeld says they’ve observed how Portland has integrated e-scooters since 2018.  He says the City of Eugene has an online surveyto gauge interest and concerns for a pilot program that will shape rules and restrictions for e-scooters.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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