Might Spartanburg get motorized scooters downtown?
Might Spartanburg in the future see blue motorized scooters zooming by way of downtown?
It relies on the town council’s vote.
Texas-based firm Blue Duck offered its motorized scooters to Spartanburg Metropolis Council Monday evening as “micro-mobility, Southern-style,” in line with co-founder and senior director of fleet administration Jeff Mangold.
The scooters are much like Lime or Fowl the place you employ an app in your cellphone to discover a scooter and pay a couple of dollars to experience it to your vacation spot inside metropolis limits. It is as much as the town whether or not the scooters are allowed on the street or simply the sidewalk. The scooters would launch in mid-September, with approval.
Blue Duck’s advice for Spartanburg would come with a fleet of 100-125 scooters, shared parking stations with BCycle, and a worth of $1 to unlock the scooters and 25 cents per minute.
The scooters can present a safer different to a bus or Uber if individuals need to keep away from contact with different individuals due to COVID-19, mentioned Megan McNamara, senior director of presidency partnerships.
Blue Duck makes use of geotagging to dam off no-park areas and roads that the town would not need scooters to be on, so the scooters sluggish to a cease when the individuals driving them strategy these areas.
Nevertheless — metropolis council members shared some considerations.
“My expertise is actually not favorable,” mentioned Jamie Fulmer, who represents District 4.
“I see the riders not being protected, I see these scooters thrown throughout the parks and sidewalks, they’re a visit hazard, it’s not a positive view.”
Mangold mentioned this can be a frequent crimson flag when individuals hear “motorized scooters” however their workforce makes the distinction by encouraging helmet use and choosing up scooters left on the aspect of the street inside two hours.
Blue Duck has been working for 2 years in 9 Texas cities together with El Paso, Corpus Christi, and Waco, in line with its web site. To date the corporate has not exited any markets, McNamara mentioned.
After the presentation, Mayor Junie White was able to vote.
“Why inform me you’ve gotten one thing good to eat for supper, however you haven’t began cooking but?” he requested.
Nevertheless, for these electrical scooters downtown to grow to be a actuality, Blue Duck, who’s working with neighborhood providers director Martin Livingston and metropolis planner Natalia Rosario, must current twice extra to the town council and get a allow permitted.
“It creates extra choices in your residents and guests to maneuver in regards to the metropolis in several methods,” McNamara mentioned.
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