Johnson City posts poll on e-bikes and e-scooters for the city

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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 13: People ride shared dockless electric scooters along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Shared e-scooter startups Bird and Lime have rapidly expanded in the city. Some city residents complain the controversial e-scooters are dangerous for pedestrians and sometimes clog sidewalks. A Los Angeles Councilmember has […]

Could e-bikes and e-scooters be on the way to Johnson City?

A poll was posted to the Johnson City government Facebook page Thursday.

“Let us know: Do you want e-bike and e-scooter sharing within Johnson City?”

A city spokesperson tells News Channel 11 the city is working on revising an ordinance that would make e-bikes and e-scooters legal. A public hearing is set for June 20.

So far, there are mixed comments on the poll. Some are for it. Others ask if it could be restricted to certain areas of the city.

Another person said to “Ask Nashville…” in reference to the Music City’s problems with e-scooter rentals.

The same day this poll was posted, Nashville Mayor David Briley sent a letter to Bird Rides, Inc., saying Nashville must be a safe city.

“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,” Briley wrote. He also wrote the Nashville Fire Department responded to 43 scooter injury calls in just April 2019.

According to a second post by the Johnson City, TN – City Government Facebook page, they’re gauging the interest in “micro mobility within a sharing economy.” They also wrote more polls and a survey on a number of topics will be released in following weeks.

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