Electric scooters will be popping up all over Memphis.
It’s official! “Bird” dockless scooters are taking over Memphis starting tomorrow!— Kristin Leigh (@Fox13Kristin) June 14, 2018
We are at a press conference, where we expect to learn more details.
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FOX13 has learned the controversial scooter start-up company, Bird, struck a deal with local politicians to bring the ride-share scooters to Memphis.
The scooters are dockless, electric scooters that riders pay for with their cell phones via a mobile app.
How it works:
- Scooters can be located and unlocked via GPS through the Bird App - similar to calling an Uber.
- They are 1 dollar per ride, plus 15 cents per minute.
- Scooters go 15mph (similar speed as a bike)
- Service shuts off at 9:00 p.m., and Bird chargers (like Uber drivers) will charge them overnight, and put them back outside in the Morning.
- 200 scooters will be available to ride in Midtown and Downtown beginning Friday, June 15
Users are supposed to use streets and bike lanes to ride the rental scooters, and leave them near bike racks for the next user to pick up by remotely unlocking it.
However, the company has been under fire in multiple cities, including Nashville, which removed all Bird scooters from the city.
Critics say they obstruct sidewalks and are a hazard to pedestrians who walk.
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Last month the city of Nashville sent the company cease and desist letters after the scooters showed up on sidewalks overnight.
Just last week the company suspended their operations in Nashville until new rules and regulations could be put in place.
According to sources, officials with the city of Memphis are more receptive to the start-up company sliding onto sidewalks.
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