Issue Of Electric Scooters In Chattanooga To Come Back Up

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The City Council earlier appeared to have killed the idea of electric scooters on the streets of Chattanooga after a number of council members cited problems that have been tied to the scooters in other cities.

However, the issue is coming back up.

Councilman Ken Smith, who has expressed great concern about the safety of the scooters and problems with them being discarded along streets and sidewalks, said new state legislation "opened the door for them statewide."

He said that bill goes into effect on July 1.

In response, Councilman Smith said he has drafted a new ordinance dealing with electric scooters. He said it is almost finished.

He said it would include "a moratorium on scooters until we know how this all works out."

Councilman Jerry Mitchell noted that in Nashville, where a scooter rider was recently killed, has 4,000 of the vehicles on the streets.

He said Blythe Bailey, city transportation director, earlier discussed allowing three companies to deploy 300 each here.

Councilman Mitchell noted, "That's still 900."


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