LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It’s been almost six months since the city partnered with Lime to bring electronic scooters and bikes to the Hub City. Now, several people have come to us asking about the regulations that apply to these scooter on the streets.
“I think that one fatality is going to be too many and something needs to be done for the safety of the Lubbock drivers and pedestrians,” Uber and Lyft Driver Brian Stenstorm said.
Stenstorm has been an Uber and Lyft driver in the Hub City for about two and a half years. As a driver, he says safety is his number one concern, but says he can’t say the same for Lime scooter riders.
“There’s like a lot of careless Lime scooter riders and I don’t know if they’re considered a pedestrian or if they’re considered a driver because they will often blow through the crosswalk when it’s convenient or just go on the sidewalk.”
Stenstorm says all he wants is clearer regulations so KCBD brought his concerns to Tiffany Taylor, PIO with Lubbock Police Department.
“If you’re riding on a street, it has to have a speed limit of 35 mph or less. If you’re on a street that the posted speed limit is higher than that, you can be ticketed for impeding traffic,” Taylor said.
Taylor says riders can not only ride in the street, they can ride in bike lanes and on sidewalks. Riders just have to follow basic traffic laws.
“You have to stop at the stop signs and pay attention to the traffic signals. If you don’t, you can be ticketed for things like disregarding a stop sign or disregarding a traffic signal.”