City council looks to bring additional scooters to downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL. — City Council is considering expanding the e-scooter program in downtown Jacksonville.

Currently, there are four total companies operating scooters in Jacksonville.

An amendment being considered by city council would bring on two additional companies.

The scooters are part of a one-year pilot program that started in early Marchand includes 400 total scooters.

However, since starting, some downtown residents have complained about the program.

The city has received more than a dozen complaints so far.

The property manager for The Carling and 11 East Apartments wrote, “Minors are riding these scooters in large groups every night.

The late evening of March 14th, a group of what appeared to be minors broke the gate to our private, residential garage.”

Rose Malaier wrote, “They are on and off sidewalks, in and out of traffic on the roads, and congregate in different areas.” She continued, “I avoid walking after dark. It just isn’t safe. This isn’t good for business or for encouraging people to live downtown.”

But there have been a lot of positive reviews as well.

Will Frazier is the taproom manager at Bold City Brewery.

He said since the scooters started, he has seen an uptick in new business downtown.

“It’s something new and exciting, so it’s giving people the opportunity out to come downtown,” he said. “There’s some safety concerns for sure. Like anything else.”

He said the main concern is speed.

He said Bold City Brewery is considering putting speed bumps on the sidewalk in front of the business to slow people down.

Other complaints include that scooters are left in the wrong places.

City council is also addressing that. In the proposed amendment, 12 scooters can be left in the corrals instead of 5.

If a scooter is left unattended for more than 180 days, it will become the city’s property.

In a statement to Action News Jax, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said, “We have begun an aggressive education campaign and we are working closely with the vendors, the City Council, and the Downtown Investment Authority to ensure a safe and successful program.”

A representative added that riders can get a citation for traffic violations.

Council Member LeAnna Cumber, who worked to bring the scooters to Jacksonville, said, “The program is enormously successful in bringing people and life to Downtown.

I encourage all scooter riders to take personal responsibility and follow the laws of the city as well as the directives from the scooter companies themselves.

As downtown grows, I also encourage drivers to slow down and watch for pedestrians on scooters and bicycles.”

The four operating companies include:

  • Blue Duck
  • Helbiz
  • LINK
  • SPIN