The Problems Associated with Dockless Scooters in Nashville, Tennessee
NASHVILLE, TN – According to an online news report at Tennessean.com,the Nashville community is focusing on the enforceability of rules related to dockless scooters. This, the community believes, is the biggest challenge surrounding the use of dockless scooters in the City of Nashville.*
At a community meeting focusing on dockless scooters back in July of 2018, residents zeroed in on what they believe is the biggest challenge associated with these vehicles: the enforceability of rules governing the use of scooters in the City of Nashville.
"One resident noted in the July 2018 meeting that “[i]f you don’t have the people to enforce the rules, don’t put them on the street yet. It’s not complicated. We are not ready to have them on the street until we are ready to enforce the rules and protect our pedestrian residents."
Almost a year later, scooters have come back into the spotlight after a twenty six year old Nashville resident died while riding on a dockless scooter. Hospitals in several states have noted that there are more frequent and serious injuries associated with the use of these vehicles. Likewise, vehicle drivers are concerned about striking a scooter rider, especially because many riders do not wear helmets as advised. Pedestrian shave also expressed concerns because scooter riders often block their path, which especially causes a disadvantage to disabled persons. Despite this, there are over four thousand scooters that are operated in Nashville, the use of which remains popular among residents and tourists who use these vehicles to easily travel around the city without having to worry about parking and other difficulties.
The mayor of Nashville has given scooter companies thirty days to develop a proposal that would address safety issues. If they don’t, the mayor will propose a ban on the seven dockless scooter companies that operate in the Nashville vicinity. Their efforts remain to be seen at this time.
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