Block Island Times

Town Council, moped operators work toward agreement

At the most recent meeting of the Town Council, First Warden Ken Lacoste said that he and Councilor Martha Ball had spoken with moped operators to address the calls from the community for improved safety measures.
The moped operators had also submitted a letter early in the day on Tuesday, Aug. 25 to the council addressing their thoughts and suggestions for consideration. Councilor Chris Willi recused himself for this discussion, noting that his landlord Mike Finnimore has a moped license.
The following letter was sent to the council from the five moped operations on the island: The Moped Man, Miles Unlimited, Ocean State Bikes, Island’s Moped and Bikes, and Aldo’s Mopeds:
“Dear Members of the Town Council:
“Thank you for the continued dialogue about Block Island traffic safety. As we have discussed, and in line with most other businesses facing reduced capacity due to COVID-19, we have agreed to not contest the temporary reduction in the number of mopeds available for rent. We do urge you to rethink the imposed 5 p.m. closing time, as this is compelling all customers to rent within the same shortened window. We think it more safe and responsible to spread out these

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