Pittsburgh gets approval to move ahead with e-scooter pilot program

After two years of planning, Pittsburgh has received approval to begin a two-year pilot program to test e-scooters.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Wayne Langerholc, who tested e-scooters during a demonstration at Hazelwood Green in early June, and Sen. Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, announced Wednesday a bill authorizing the test has been approved by the Legislature. The issue needed special approval because the state’s motor vehicle code makes no mention of the battery-powered scooters.

The city plans to test the scooters in a sharing program similar to Healthy Ride, where bikes are rented from a series of docks throughout the city. The scooters are just one element of the Move PGH program developed by the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and designed to increase mobility in the city while reducing carbon emissions.