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SDSU Bans Dockless Scooters Ahead Of School Year

A San Diego State student rides an electric scooter past the campus police st...

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Above: A San Diego State student rides an electric scooter past the campus police station near 55th Street and Remington Road, Aug. 27, 2018.

San Diego State University students have increasingly relied on dockless scooters to zip to and from classes in recent years. That will end this semester -- with SDSU banning the scooters, along with electric bikes, roller skates, hoverboards and skateboards.

“The new policy was enacted to ensure the safety of our campus community was a top priority,” said SDSU Parking and Transportation Services Director Debbie Richeson in a news release.

The policy only applies to electric and motorized devices. Students will still be able to ride scooters, bikes and skateboards that aren't motorized.

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The university said it is working with "micro-mobility" companies to set up geofencing, which will keep the devices from being able to work on campus.

However, students will still be able to use them on the city streets that surround the campus. And special parking areas have been setup for them, the university said.

In a news release, SDSU pointed to a 22% increase in incidents involving bikes, scooters and skateboards — both motorized and manual powered — on campus between 2017 and 2018.

SDSU officials said those who use dockelss scooters, bikes or other motorized devices could be fined $75. Ultimately will be up to campus police to ticket violators.


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