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More companies pause e-scooter program due to geofence snag at FSU

Posted at 3:19 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 15:19:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Bird and Gotcha are temporarily pausing their e-scooter program in Tallahassee as they work to prevent scooters from operating on Florida State University's campus.

According to Alison Faris, spokesperson for the City of Tallahassee, the companies have been asked to pull their scooters until they comply with the current geofence. She said they will be allowed to redeploy once they address the geofence restrictions.

Last week, Lime's e-scooters were pulled of the streets for the same geofencing issue.

They have since been redeployed in Tallahassee, with a spokesperson telling WTXL in an email statement:

"I wanted to let you know that Lime successfully tested our geoofencing on the FSU campus and scooters have been redeployed in Tallahassee. We're excited to be back and are offering riders a free unlock using the promo code: LIMETALLY. Lime strives to be good partners with cities and good neighbors to the institutions and community organizations that populate them. We're looking forward to continuing to serve Tallahassee residents with affordable, reliable, sustainable transportation options."

As part of the agreement, the scooters are not permitted on FAMU, TCC, or FSU campuses.