Blue Duck ‘impressed’ with scooter service after first week in Vicksburg – The Vicksburg Put up
Apart from some inclement climate final week, the primary week of operation for Blue Duck scooters in Vicksburg went tremendously nicely, firm officers stated.
The pilot program, launched Sept. 19 by the San Antonio-based Blue Duck, gives “flocks” of electrical scooters accessible for lease in downtown Vicksburg. And, if the primary week is any indication — even with just a few days hampered by rain — each the town and the corporate have an extended future collectively.
“We’ve been very impressed with the variety of journeys taken so far. We’re enthusiastic about it,” Blue Duck’s Senior Director of Authorities Partnerships Megan McNamara stated. “I believe it’s typical to have a peak in ridership initially, particularly with the massive launch we had and the promotion, however I’ll say that is type of similar to what we noticed in Waco which we launched in July. Numbers based mostly on the scale of the town and the scale of the fleet, we’re actually proud of.”
However the first week has additionally proved there’s a want by a few of these having fun with the paid scooter service downtown of the principles governing their operation.
Officers with the Vicksburg Police Division have needed to remind these working the scooters that the traditional guidelines of the highway apply and that the scooters are to not be operated on the sidewalks.
Between 35 and 50 scooters are put out every day and can be found to lease 7-days per week between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and are restricted to an working service space of downtown Vicksburg.
Riders should be 18 years previous or older and riders are “strongly inspired to put on a helmet,” however usually are not required to take action. Additionally, the scooters should stay on roadways which have velocity limits not more than 35 miles per hour and riders should comply with all the principles for the highway, together with stopping at cease indicators and never driving on the sidewalks. Additionally, riders should yield to pedestrians.
“The primary couple of weeks are at all times a studying curve, getting used to this system and adjusted to the principles of the highway,” McNamara stated. “The town has been great in serving to us educate folks regionally on what the principles of the highway are, so it’s our hope that we’ll proceed to see an increasing number of rides.”
Scooters might be accessible within the downtown space bounded by First East Road on the north, Monroe Road on the east, Madison and Depot streets on the south and Levee Road on the west.
Folks wanting to make use of a scooter can obtain an app to their mobile phone to search out one. The app provides the placement of the scooter and tells the particular person how a lot energy is remaining on its battery.
Utilizing the app, the rider scans the scooter to unlock it and trip to their vacation spot, the place the scooter is parked.
Fee to be used of the scooter could be made by a credit score or debit card throughout the app. Cash from the cardboard is deposited right into a “pockets” on the app and used to pay for the rides. The cost is an preliminary $1 payment after which 25 cents a minute.