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Nashville Mayor Briley issued a ban on scooters in Nashville.

The mayor posted the following on Facebook, “Today, I notified Nashville’s seven scooter companies of my decision to end the pilot period and ban e-scooters from our streets. We have seen the public safety and accessibility costs that these devices inflict, and it is not fair to our residents for this to continue.”

A letter was posted that Briley sent to the scooter company citing several reasons for the ban; visual clutter, improper riding, parking violations, and poor rider education.

Four scooter companies Lyft, Lime, JUMP, Bird, and Gotcha submitted proposals for SUMD’s but Briley stated he didn’t feel as if they went far enough to protect the safety of residents and visitors.

Comments on the Mayor’s Facebook page were numerous. The Mayor himself commented that “If these devices return in the future, it will be after a public process, on our terms, with strict oversight for numbers, safety, and accessibility. I have asked the Metro legal team to draft this legislation, and I trust the Metro Council will move on it quickly.”

One commenter suggested shut off zones where scooters wouldn’t operate in areas like Broadway which is a measure adopted by other cities.

While others commented that scooters will be replaced by another form of transportation such as bikes or skateboards.

The majority of commenters were thanking Mayor Briley for the decision to ban scooters in Nashville.

See the full letter below.

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