ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The city of St. Petersburg could soon have a dockless motorized scooter program.

The city council voted last week to refer discussion of electric scooters as a potential transportation option in St. Petersburg to the Housing, Land Use, and Transportation Committee.

It would take several weeks, if not months, before rentable e-scooters would be available in St. Petersburg.

In other cities across the U.S., people can rent the electric scooters for $1, plus the 10-15 cents per minute to use. The start-up companies rely on people who roam the streets looking to charge the scooters at night for $5-$20 per scooter.

In October, Mayor Rick Kriseman was seen riding a Lime e-scooter in front of city hall.

The city of Tampa is introducing its e-scooter pilot program in April or May.

St. Petersburg's Housing, Land Use, and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet next at 10:50 a.m. Thursday.

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