Vicksburg welcomes the beginning of Blue Duck ‘season’ – The Vicksburg Publish
A flock of geese took over a bit of Washington Avenue Thursday.
San Antonio-based Blue Duck Specific, which rents electrical scooters as various transportation in city areas, opened its first product launch exterior of Texas and a gaggle of native and tourism officers took to the road to strive them out.
“It’s spectacular to see a metropolis like Vicksburg enthusiastic about micro-mobility, particularly on this atmosphere,” stated Michael Keane, Blue Duck CEO. “Vicksburg is essential to us and our development. We’re additionally thrilled to be the primary micro-mobility firm in Mississippi.”
Blue Duck may have between 35 and 50 scooters at strategic areas within the metropolis working from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Scooters might be accessible within the downtown space bounded by First Avenue on the north, Monroe Avenue on the east, Madison and Depot streets on the south and Levee Avenue on the west.
Individuals wanting to make use of a scooter can obtain an app to their mobile phone to search out one. The app offers the situation 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 may 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 price after which 25 cents a minute, though the corporate minimize the preliminary price to 50 cents for this weekend.
Helmets usually are not required by state legislation whereas working a scooter, however their use is inspired. They aren’t offered by Blue Duck.
Mayor George Flaggs Jr. stated Blue Duck’s operations listed here are being finished for gratis to town.
Whereas duck season opens in November, District 5 Warren County Supervisor Kelle Barfield stated, “With regards to discovering methods to enhance the standard of life in our neighborhood it’s at all times open season on recent concepts and pleasure. I believe we’re going to see quite a bit from this (public/non-public) partnership within the weeks and months to return.”
Pablo Diaz, president and CEO of the Vicksburg Warren Financial Growth Partnership, stated the scooters present a brand new approach for residents and vacationers to see town.
“Here’s a approach in which you’ll expertise your neighborhood another way utilizing a scooter,” he stated. “It’s a very completely different expertise to get pleasure from our wonderful structure and our wonderful historical past proper right here in downtown Vicksburg.”
Flaggs stated the scooters will improve the standard of life for millennials and individuals who wish to come to see Vicksburg, “however on the identical time get pleasure from a downtown Vicksburg like by no means earlier than and Essential Avenue — a Essential Avenue like by no means earlier than.
“Right here at present is the primary in Mississippi, the primary in Vicksburg; the primary within the south area,” he stated. “We wish to take this chance to not solely welcome Blue Duck however to have the ability to open the doorways of this a part of town, this a part of the state, this a part of the nation like by no means earlier than.”
Flaggs turned and pointed to town’s waterfront and the floodwall murals.
“Have a look at that backdrop. Once you have a look at that backdrop, I can see the cruise ships, I can see a Mississippi Riverfront growth in three years like by no means earlier than,” he stated. “That is the best day, not solely in Vicksburg however in Mississippi as a result of we’ve bought one thing particular; we’re first at present.”
Metropolis officers have been inspecting bringing Blue Duck to town since November 2019. The board in January was capable of get a neighborhood and personal, or particular invoice, handed within the Legislature to permit town to move an ordinance permitting scooters within the metropolis, making town the primary within the state to permit electrical scooters on metropolis streets.