Sunday, 22 September, 2019

‘Scooternado': Electric scooters removed from Florida streets ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Miami calls for removal of electric scooters before Hurricane Dorian arrives As Hurricane Dorian approaches, scooters are removed from the streets
Sandra Phillips | 01 September, 2019, 19:10

If not removed they could possibly be picked up by the storm and become a threat to people and property.

As Hurricane Dorian nears Florida ahead of its expected landfall early next week, Miami is taking measures to ensure that the e-scooters on its city streets don't become an inadvertent safety hazard - namely, that they don't wind up turning into unsafe flying objects.

The city has told all rental services to get their conveyances off the streets by Friday lest they fly perilously through the air when Dorian reaches land over the Labor Day weekend, according to Ken Russell, a municipal commissioner. Tampa hasn't yet issued a removal request but if (or when) it does, companies will have 12 hours to comply. The companies were kicked out because they violated Florida statutes, and the companies did not appeal the city's decision.

The city code requires companies with bike share permits to remove the vehicles ahead of severe thunderstorms, she said.

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In April, the city launched an e-scooter pilot program in partnership with six companies - Bird, Bolt, Jump, Lime, Lyft and Spin - to deploy scooters in the region. Jump was acquired by Uber in 2016.

In addition to making sure the scooters are out of the way and that construction debris is battened down, officials have sent out crews clean drains, as reports suggested on Friday that Dorian could hit during one of the season's highest tides of the year, king tide, and flood Miami. Uber said that Jump scooters will be removed by noon Friday and that it will monitor other Florida cities where Jump is available.

Florida is facing its first major storm in the age of dockless scooters.

Stewart Lyons, CEO of Bird Canada, said in an emailed statement the company has been "very pleased with the excitement around scooters" in Calgary so far. The path of Dorian is still not certain but Florida cities are acting now as it is better to be safe than sorry.

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