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Electric scooters are set to roll out in downtown Vicksburg – The Vicksburg Post

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Electrical scooters are set to roll out in downtown Vicksburg – The Vicksburg Submit

After months of discussions, planning and adjustments to state laws, electrical scooters are simply days away from being out there in downtown Vicksburg.

Blue Duck, a San-Antonia-based firm, introduced Friday it’s going to start rolling out an electrical scooter service in downtown Vicksburg on Sept. 17. Will probably be the primary fleet of electrical scooters launched in Mississippi.

“Vicksburg would be the first within the state of Mississippi to have electrical scooters out there to our residents and guests,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. mentioned. “We chosen Blue Duck Scooters due to their dedication to security and working responsibly. They’ve been working very carefully with the town to do that proper. These scooters can be good for tourism and for
attracting millennials downtown.”

The partnership between the town and Blue Duck started final fall and have become a agency actuality as soon as the Legislature modified state laws permitting the operation of electrical scooters on metropolis streets.

“This laws marks a brand new period for shared micromobility within the state of Mississippi. Blue Duck is proud to companion with Vicksburg as the town leads the way in which, introducing e-scooters to residents and guests alike,” mentioned Megan McNamara, Blue Duck’s senior director of partnerships. “We all know different cities throughout Mississippi will comply with in Vicksburg’s footsteps and we’re desperate to collaborate with them to information these initiatives.”

Blue Duck introduced it might rent an area operations group and function its scooters out of an area warehouse.

“The Blue Duck group will monitor scooter use constantly, and can be out within the area, inspecting scooters, eradicating any gadgets that want upkeep or charging,” the corporate mentioned in a launch. Scooters may even be sanitized “no less than twice a day.”

“Blue Duck has carried out enhanced cleansing protocols to assist fight the coronavirus. Scooters are sanitized day by day in an effort to defend the well being and security of the neighborhood,” mentioned Jeff Mangold, Blue Duck’s co-founder and senior director of fleet administration. “As companies reopen and common actions resume, scooters present a transportation possibility that permits folks to keep up bodily distancing measures.”

Blue Duck’s scooters can be to hire in downtown Vicksburg from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m., seven days every week. Riders should obtain the Blue Duck app from Apple’s App Retailer or Google Play and use their cellphones to find and unlock a scooter. Every Blue Duck scooter is provided with GPS know-how, which permits for geofencing to stop them from being operated or parked in prohibited zone.

The official launch of the fleet in Vicksburg is scheduled to be throughout an occasion hosted on the Vicksburg Conference Heart on Sept. 17.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his spouse Stephanie, are the dad and mom of three youngsters, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend faculty within the Vicksburg Warren Faculty District. The household are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is concerned in plenty of civic and volunteer organizations together with the United Approach of West Central Mississippi and serves on the Metropolis of Vicksburg’s Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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