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Tallahassee considering extending e-scooter pilot program

Posted at 6:18 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 18:18:44-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It has been more than two months since the pilot program that brought e-scooters to the Capital City has started.

The program initially intended to stay for three months might be getting an extension.

Since these scooters were very new to Tallahassee it's definitely come with some growing pains for the businesses.

Veoride says they're excited for a chance to stay longer and now could add bikes too.

The city says so far it's been peaking the interest of tens of thousands of people.

60,000 rides in just eight weeks. The sign of success for the City of Tallahassee's e-scooter pilot program.

"There was an initial period where people weren't sure what they are and how to use them and things like that where the numbers were very high but it's pretty much evened out now."

The city says there are about 5,000 to 6,000 scooter rentals a week. Andrew Miles works for Veoride, one of the companies participating in the pilot program.

The company says what started off as just fun for some, turned into a way for people without cars to get around.

"Scooters have been a hit in Tallahassee in my opinion. The public has really taken off on them and we saw early enthusiasm with the public all trying them out and it's actually more stabilized than necessarily joyriding," said Miles.

Veoride says while the city considers a six month extension on the program, they hope there will be an opportunity to extend the program onto college campuses.

"Currently it is pretty restrictive. So any more access makes it a connected marketplace for everyone involved," said Miles.

But that may not be likely. Geofencing boundaries have scooters blocked from the FSU and FAMU campuses. Right now, the city shows no signs of changing that.

The city will consider the extension next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

And for those concerned about drunk scooting, Lime added a feature on their app where, after 10 p.m., people have to confirm they're not drunk before they can unlock the scooters.