Aaron Michlewitz, State Representative and Chair of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee, is urging Mayor Walsh and Chief of Streets Chris Osgood to consider temporary restrictions on micro-mobility vehicles in the interior of the North End.
Boston City Council recently passed an ordinance regarding micro-mobility vehicles, including scooters like Bird and Lime. The city can now offer licenses to these companies to operate in Boston. Rep. Michlewitz has expressed concerns over rolling out this program in the dense North End community with our narrow streets and crowded sidewalks.
In his letter Rep. Michlewitz writes, “I would suggest these vehicles be restricted to use on the outer rim of the neighborhood on streets such as Commercial, Causeway, North Washington, and Cross Streets only, which would keep the inner North End scooter free.”
He goes on to stress the importance of public safety, and a desire to avoid a re-creation of the Segway tour dilemma of previous years. Read the full letter posted below.