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Tucson City Council members clash on e-scooters

6 month trial period ends in March
Posted at 10:03 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 00:46:12-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — "Like anything new, it's got its problems, it's got it's solutions," Tucson City Councilman, Paul Durham said.

"The reality is that these things are having an impact on one ward, primarily in this city and that's Ward 6," Tucson City Councilman, Steve Kozachik said.

Kozachik, of Ward 6, is no fan of e-scooters.

He said his ward has far more scooters than any other in the city, part of which includes downtown and 4th Avenue.

"For the other council members to be even weighing in on it, to me, is a bit offensive," Kozachik said.

Durham, who represents Ward 3, wants to give them a chance.

"I think we can find solutions to the biggest problems."

Durham says one benefit to the city is environmental.

"E-scooters reduce greenhouse gas emissions, only by replacing car trips."

Kozachik said riders don't follow the rules, Durham said there's a solution for that.

"For increased enforcement by TPD of sidewalk riding, 2-up riding, underage riding," Durham said.

"TPD's got better things to do than to chase scooters around downtown," Kozachik said.

The bottom line, Kozachik said, is residents and business owners in his ward fill his email inbox with complaints.

Durham says he has his own red line on e-scooters.

"If we can't do anything to increase helmet use, I'm going to give serious consideration to ending the pilot program at six months."