Jacksonville, FL. — While some consider e-scooters an exciting new mobility option in downtown Jacksonville, others find them dangerous.
Ted Knight says someone riding an e-scooter hit his car as he left a downtown garage on March 6.
“As I started to proceed out of the garage, a scooter came by, and brushed against my bumper of my car,” said Knight.
In a separate incident on March 16, a JSO police report says an 18-year-old was stopped for careless driving on an e-scooter and running a red light in front of an officer. The report goes on to say the teen was arrested after a struggle with police.
Some downtown neighbors are now raising concerns about cluttered sidewalks, riders ignoring traffic rules, and underage riding.
Jacksonville’s e-scooter companies have an 18 and older policy to ride, and only one person is supposed to ride at a time.
But on Friday night, Action News Jax observed several people appearing to be minors riding around downtown Jacksonville on e-scooters.
We also observed instances where two people were riding one e-scooter together.
The City of Miami temporarily suspended e-scooters to address similar complaints.
Today, Senior Manager of e-scooter company ‘Spin,’ Edward Sun, spent the day giving free lessons on how to ride safely.
He tells Action News Jax they’re aware of the concerns and taking action.
“We’re working with the police department. Anytime they have any concerns, they reach out with us and we’re able to figure out what riders are causing issues,” said Sun. " And we’re able to kind of get that information over to the police, but also to send warnings and ban them off our app if we need to.”
Tonight, Jacksonville City Council member LeAnna cumber, who played an integral role in bringing the e-scooter program downtown, says JSO will be stepping up enforcement.
“… I spoke with Sheriff Williams this morning and there will be increased enforcement downtown concerning scooter riders who are not obeying the traffic laws,” said Cumber.
She’s reminding the public the public e-scooters are vehicles and should be treated as such.
Cumber’s complete statement can be found below.
Statement from City Council Member, LeAnna Cumber:
“I’m very excited about the micromobility program bringing more activity to downtown. The scooters allow people to explore parts of downtown such as going to lunch at restaurants that are a little too far to walk to but too close to drive to. We continue to learn how to tweak the program to make it be successful. I spoke with Sheriff Williams this morning and there will be increased enforcement downtown concerning scooter riders who are not obeying the traffic laws. It’s important that everyone take personal responsibility when using any form of transportation whether it’s a scooter, a bicycle or a car.”
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