ST. LOUIS, Mo. — If you use scooters to navigate areas of St. Louis, be sure to check your clock.
The St. Louis Street Department announced Friday that effective immediately, a curfew is now in place for the Downtown and Downtown West neighborhoods from 9:00pm-8am and runs indefinitely.
The announcement from Mayor Tishaura Jones’ office Friday said the move came after discussions with downtown residents and businesses and is part of a “broader effort to improve public safety downtown.”
“The scooters are just one example of something we can do really quick,” said Nick Dunne, City of St Louis public information officer. “We can pick up the phone and make this change, while we’re working on the longer-term issues.”
The city says scooter companies Lime and Bird are “fully cooperating” with the change. The companies’ apps will not allow users in the downtown area to activate scooter use during the prohibited hours, according to Dunne.
One downtown resident shared with FOX 2 video showing a group of scooter users traveling the wrong way on Locust Street.
Another video he recorded with his phone showed a group of scooter users sailing through a red light.
Other residents we spoke with said there have been close encounters with pedestrians and scooter users, even though the scooters are not for sidewalk use.
“You’re supposed to ride them on the streets, but a lot of people still ride them on the sidewalks,” said Dunne.
Several downtown residents applaud the decision and hope it’s one piece of a plan to help make their neighborhood safer.
“Scooters are definitely fun,” said downtown resident Brett Kessinger. “I’ve ridden them myself but having some restriction on what you can and can’t do is always good.”