Electric scooters roll into Downtown El Paso

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The wait is finally over. 

After a sneak peek last fall, the Sun City has its own rentable electric scooters, and they were rolled out by a local company.

“I wanted it to be people who brought something new and exciting to El Paso before any of the other companies thought of El Paso,” Glide CEO, Jonathan Lopez, said.

Shortly after receiving the required permit by the City of El Paso, Glide set 50 e-scooters to the streets.

“We want this movement to be the right way which we believe the city has helped us mold this permit and this program in a way to do that,” Lopez said.

In order to locate an e-scooter, one has to sign up on the Glide app. A map will appear with the exact spots where the devices are available and ready to ride. 

Some of the requirements include:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Possess a valid driver’s license or government-issued identification
  • Only one person per device

Riders must drive on bike lanes if they are available. If not, then they are allowed to ride on the sidewalks. 

Riders will be sharing pathways either way, which is why local doctors advise putting safety first.

“The most common injuries are going to be muscular or skeletal such as elbows, knees, ankles but the one we probably worry about the most would be the head and neck area. As you would ride a bike, you always want to have a helmet on when you’re riding a scooter,” local emergency physician Dr. Mark Crosby said.

Although it’s not a requirement, Dr. Crosby recommends everyone wear a helmet when riding an electric scooter. “it’s going to be the temptation to not wear it, but that would definitely be the recommendation,” he said.

Glide said they’ll put in a request with the City of El Paso to bring in more scooters if the demand increases, as well as expanding to other cities down the road.

Out-of-town companies are also expected to bring in their scooters to Downtown El Paso.

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