Scooter firm threatens to kick unsafe downtown Jacksonville riders off its app
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Electrical scooters are enjoyable and in style in downtown Jacksonville, however as News4Jax reported final week, they may also be harmful if used the improper approach.
New tonight, we’ve got a warning from The operations supervisor of one of many electrical scooter distributors issued a warning to riders Friday.
“If we catch people who find themselves a hazard to different riders or not using legally, we’ll go in and provides individuals warnings and we additionally kick individuals off our platform as properly,” mentioned SPIN operations supervisor Edward Solar.
Three weeks in the past, a whole bunch of electrical scooters have been delivered to Jacksonville as a part of a one-year pilot program to deliver new life into downtown.
Whereas many individuals have loved using the scooters, there have been loads of complaints from individuals who stay and work downtown who say some riders are creating harmful conditions on the roadway.
That security occasion got here after police arrested a scooter rider after he ran a purple gentle, refused to be pulled over after which led an officer on a chase. One other rider was hit by a automotive however was not injured.
Final week, News4Jax watched a scooter rider touring within the improper course and nearly get hit by a automotive.
Solar mentioned the foundations that apply to bicyclists are the identical for individuals who journey scooters.
“Folks don’t affiliate scooters with bikes essentially, however when they’re on the street, it’s similar to one other mobility car so we anticipate our riders to abide by the native guidelines,” Solar mentioned.
The foundations embrace obeying visitors lights, not weaving out and in of visitors and never touring within the improper course on one-way streets into oncoming visitors.
Ebony Lake additionally attended the protection occasion. She was one among many individuals who obtained a free security helmet after watching a video about protected scooter using after which accomplished an internet check.
“One thing like that is very a lot wanted. We thank SPIN for popping out and truly giving out helmets without cost should you take that check,” Lake mentioned.
Solar mentioned his firm will accomplice with JSO to offer riders with extra training about street guidelines and ensure these guidelines are enforced to cut back the possibilities of harm.
Solar mentioned his firm holds security occasions each month in nearly each metropolis within the U.S. and overseas the place they supply electrical scooters rides.
He says that whereas he desires clients to have enjoyable, his important concern is their security.
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