City of Memphis enforcing a late-night curfew for scooter riders

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The city of Memphis is enforcing a late-night curfew for the use of scooters due to complaints and dangerous behavior.

“We’ve seen people weaving between car traffic and I’ve even seen groups of people on scooters driving on the wrong side of the road and daring car drivers to move out of the way,” said Memphis Bike and Pedestrian Manager Nick Oyler. 

Nick Oyler is the manager of the city’s bike and pedestrian department.

He said in recent weeks, complaints have skyrocketed in regard to scooter use downtown, so the city is stepping in for rider safety.

“This past weekend was the first weekend of our new scooter curfew in the downtown area,” Oyler said.

Scooters are now set to turn off from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

“We’ve made an arrangement with Bird that they would turn them off at 10 o’clock,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. “We did hear some reports that not all of them were turned off, so we’ll circle back with Bird for them to be off from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.”

The city said the curfew will serve as a way to protect drivers, scooter riders and pedestrians walking downtown.

Oyler said there’s a hope for scooters to not be permanently taken from downtown.

“I just really hope that a few people don’t ruin the experience for everyone else and end up removing this opportunity and these scooters for all of Memphis just because of their actions,” Oyler said.

The city said there have been some compliance issues from one of the operating services.

Either today or tomorrow, they’ll announce some punitive measures against that operator.