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E-Scooters pilot program begins in Tallahassee

About 1,000 scooters are hitting the street
Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 18:20:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — You now have a greener option to get from point A to point B in the Capital City thanks to a new pilot program city leaders just launched.

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"This is a game changer for Tallahassee," said Chelsea Sims, who works with the rideshare company Lime.

On Monday, the City of Tallahassee, along with five different rideshare companies like VeoRide, Spin, Gotcha, Bird and Lime, launched a pilot program with about 1,000 E-Scooters hitting city streets, allowing drivers to have another option when it comes to transportation.

"I Think I would use it, I think it would be a fun Saturday weekend activity, ride around with some friends maybe go get some lunch with someone," said Brooklyn McGlamory, who rode an E-Scooters Monday.

The launch comes after weeks of discussion about safety. State law gives E-Scooter riders the same rights as bicyclists. The scooters can be on sidewalks and on city streets.

"When you are moving faster than 15 mph, it can kind of tell that you are going downhill and it slows down a bit on its own," said Nabil Syed, the General Manager for Florida Spin. "These are at the end of the day motor vehicles and it's important to keep in mind that safety is the biggest priority and the city rightfully so will keep an eye out for people misusing these especially under the use of alcohol."

Putting a new buzz on Tallahassee's streets.

"I think that so far everyone that I've encountered loves the idea," said Sims.

The pilot program will last about three months. After that, city commissioners will decide if they want to create an ordinance that would keep the scooters here year round. To find out more about the scooters and locations on where to get them, click here.