Harrisburg – Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Senator Jay Costa (D-43), minority leader of the Senate, announced a two-year pilot program for electric low-speed scooters (e-scooter) to commence in the City of Pittsburgh with the passage of Act 24 of 2021.
“Micromobility is transforming how we move people and goods in communities across the United States. With Act 24, the Commonwealth is embracing the innovation of e-scooters in a controlled setting in the City of Pittsburgh,” said Senator Langerholc. “E-scooters are a novel invention for a short trip or a last-mile destination. In every case, riders are encouraged to operate e-scooters in a safe manner by following the rules established by the City of Pittsburgh.”
“Pittsburgh is a world class city, and with so much to see and do – its residents and visitors need access to all modes of transportation,” said Senator Costa. “This pilot program for e-scooters is exciting and I’m confident that folks will enjoy them safely and responsibly to enjoy all Pittsburgh has to offer.”
Act 24 authorizes rental e-scooters on a bike lane, a roadway (with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less) or a bike path in the City of Pittsburgh. An individual must be at least 16 years old, and e-scooter operators shall be granted all of the rights and duties as a bicyclist.
E-scooters will be managed under “Move PGH,” which is a city-led initiative to create an integrated platform allowing residents and visitors access to e-scooters, e-mopeds, carshare, carpool, bikeshare and transit services from the Port Authority of Allegheny County. This legislation does not permit the use of personally-owned e-scooters on public infrastructure in the City of Pittsburgh.
Nolan Ritchie, Senator Langerholc’s Office, 717-787-5400
Brittany Crampsie, Senator Costa’s Office, 717-712-3480