Some Nashville drivers voice concerns with more scooters coming to town
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
After weeks of talking about wrecks involving scooters downtown, more scooters are on the way. Ride-sharing pioneer Lyft is adding 500 new scooters to Nashville.
Bird and Lime already have 1,000 scooters each on the streets of Nashville.
With two other scooter companies, Jump & Spin considering bringing 500 scooters each to Music City, some believe this could lead to more problems.
Scooters weaving in and out of traffic, riders not wearing helmets, disobeying traffic signs, and even causing dangerous crashes are just some of the things concerning Hermitage residents Katie and Miles McNulty.
“It’s just getting out of hand,” Katie said.
Katie says Wednesday night, while sitting in rush hour traffic at the corner of 4th and Broadway, three young children under 16 who were on scooters started tapping and hitting their windows.
After asking them to stop, Katie says the children followed them to the next red light.
“And out of nowhere, I hear a boom, and the kids are ramming their scooters into the side of my car,” Katie said. “And then they start circling my car in the middle of Broadway with traffic coming, and they start weaving in and out of traffic and out of nowhere the other side of my car gets hit with a scooter.”
She says they were swearing and yelling at the couple, even spitting on their vehicle.
“It’s become an issue, and this is just one of the many reasons why the scooters should just go away,” Katie said.
Katie and Miles also said they were concerned that young children were able to gain access to the scooters, even though you are supposed to be 18-years-old with a valid driver license.
Nora Kern with Walk Bike Nashville says the scooters are good for the city, which is why her organization is partnering with the companies to advocate for more bike lanes.
“We also really emphasize the fact that a lot of the behavior we see is in response to the infrastructure we have. We don’t have bike lanes downtown,” Kern said. “There’s not safe places for people to ride scooters or bikes, and so, as a city, we have a real responsibility to making sure that people can use this transportation safely.”
She says this secondary form of transportation is necessary as Nashville continues to grow, adding more traffic.
Metro City Council member Jeremy Elrod said a bill to limit the number of scooter companies in Nashville to four passed through its first reading this week.
Additional companies would have to go through an application process, rather than simply meeting a set of requirements.