Scooters have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Sparked by the death of a 26-year old rider this weekend, a new city council candidate emerged that promised he would do everything in his power to outlaw Bird, Lime, Uber, and Lyft scooters around the city
Now Nashville's mayor is getting in on the war, putting the scooter companies on a 30-day notice to improve safety restrictions for their riders or work with the city on a plan that keeps people safe.
In a press release, he says "The death of Brady Gaulke, a 26-year-old Nashville resident who suffered a serious scooter accident last week, has further emphasized the dangers associated with urban scooter riding. The Nashville Fire Department responded to 43 scooter injury calls in the month of April alone. Something has to change."
I'll say it again.
The scooters aren't the problem. The riders themselves, the lack of regulation, the absence of proper pathways, the access to scooters in the vicinity of lots of alcohol and heavy traffic...there's a lot of things that you can point to, but the scooters themselves aren't the problem.
Either way, it sure seems like a change is coming. Would you like to see scooters banned from Nashville?