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Man charged for beating woman to death with scooter
A Long Beach, CA woman died after being beaten to death with a motorized scooter, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement.
Rose Elena Hernandez, 63, suffered "significant injuries" to her upper torso, police said. Homicide detectives said they believe she was physically assaulted, then a scooter was used as a weapon.
Police charged Amad Rashad Redding, 27, of Long Beach, with murder.
New Jersey regulations approved; Vermont rules move forward
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to regulate dockless bikes and scooters in the state after it received nearly unanimous support in the legislature.
The bill allows the dockless vehicles to be operated on streets, highways and bicycle paths, although it does not require the rider to provide proof of insurance or a driver’s license. In a statement issued after Murphy signed the bill, The Micromobility Coalition executive director Ryan McConaghy said dockless vehicles are "ideal forms of transportation."
Meanwhile in Vermont, state lawmakers added an amendment regulating dockless scooters to a transportation bill that would authorize a pilot program for any city that wishes to have one. VTDigger notes that while the amendment passed, it was not without controversy as several state Senators raised concerns about scooters.
Indianapolis approves scooter rules; Chattanooga, TN bill fails
Indianapolis City Council approved a series of regulations on dockless bikes and scooters, including a cap on the number allowed on the streets and the number of licensed companies allowed to operate.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that six companies will be allowed to operate, while the number of scooters in high-use districts will be limited. Each license-holder will be allowed 1,000 devices each.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in Chattanooga, TN failed to advance a bill regulating dockless scooters due to lack of support. It could return for further debate in the coming weeks.
Milwaukee settles federal lawsuit with Bird
Milwaukee and Bird reached a settlement in their federal lawsuit after the city alleged the company broke state law when it introduced its scooters. The city attorney’s office originally filed the suit in July 2018.
Albuquerque, NM approves scooter pilot
City officials in Albuquerque have approved a scooter pilot program that will allow for 750 scooters to operate in the city. An expected 250 scooters will roll in by the end of May, according to KOB 4. Official have also approved 29 scooter drop-off zones around the city.
Columbus, OH says low-income neighborhoods underserved by dockless scooters
The city of Columbus, OH has warned Bird and Lime that its scooters are not being used enough to serve lower-income communities, and they risk impoundment.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that of the more-than 6,700 Bird trips in March, just 40 started in a so-called “opportunity neighborhood.” Lime received a letter of warning on March 21, but within a couple of days had remedied the problem, the Dispatch reports.
Kristin Musulin, Chris Teale and Sean Gibbons contributed to this article.