Denver Public Works seeks to ban electric scooters from sidewalks

Denver Public Works has made an ordinance-change recommendation to the Denver City Council to prohibit the use of electric scooters on city sidewalks.

Police say a man has died after he collided with a car while riding an electric scooter in Denver last week.

Cameron Hagan, 26, of Billings, Montana, crashed the Lyft scooter on Aug. 4.

Denver police say Hagan was riding "carelessly" when the collision threw him from the scooter and he landed on a street curb.

Denver police spokeswoman Christine Downs says Hagan rode into oncoming traffic.

Downs says the deadly scooter crash is the first in the city since the scooters were introduced in June 2018.

Downs says no charges are being pursued in connection to the crash.

The death comes as city officials have been discussing tighter rules on scooter operations.

Denver Public Works has made an ordinance-change recommendation to the Denver City Council to prohibit the use of electric scooters on city sidewalks.

If the change is approved, scooter riders would need to follow the same rules as people on bikes and electric bikes by riding in the street or in designated bike lanes.

DPW referred the ordinance change recommendation to the city council for consideration later this month.

DPW said the move would more closely align the city with state law signed in May and would provide consistency for law enforcement.

Under the new rules, Denver police could start  issuing citations to riders who violate the law.

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