While in Tel Aviv, I signed up for ‘Lime’ – one of the scooter-share services in Israel. Within about ten minutes, I loved it. The electric scooter filled a mobility niche I wasn’t quite aware of: short trips for which even bike-share seemed excessive. Or when transit and taxis were infrequent or unavailable. Or just because it was the most accessible mode to choose when leaving the apartment, often right there at the curb.
(Here’s what scooter-use looks like along the waterfront.)
But it was also was apparent that scooters were too successful for their own good: lots of road user conflicts, parking problems, safety issues, a general sense of anarchy after only a year or two of their introduction.
It seemed that the City didn’t quite know what to do with this popular but uncontrolled mode of transport, or so far hadn’t had effective enough enforcement – no doubt to considerable complaint from the populace.
I therefore wasn’t at all surprised when the following notice arrived in my inbox today from Tel Aviv Lime. My guess is that the City has come down heavy on scooter-share companies (insider perspective welcome from TLV) and these ‘guidelines’ are the result . PT prints them in full as a helpful guide for this Province and City, which so far has made the scooter effectively illegal everywhere.
TLV Shared Mobility Regulations
We, as Israel’s largest micro mobility service provider, take upon ourselves the responsibility to help all users of the urban space adapt to this mobility revolution and to reduce any disturbance that may be caused by our scooters.
On August 1st, new regulations will come into force and we want to tell you about them and the requirements of the law. Let’s all respect them and act accordingly: Read more »