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« on: November 02, 2018, 09:32:12 am »

I havenít seen any comments about the new electric scooters that launched last week in Tulsa.  From my office window, I have a good view of Williams Green and 3rd Street.  Itís pretty fascinating to see how many are being used. It is also interesting that Tulsa was proactive in working with these companies to develop and enact an ordinance before they launched.  I rode these around downtown a couple of times now and it is really a fun, fast and convenient way to get about a relatively short distance.
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2018, 11:14:08 am »

I work DT as well and see them in use often.

I've not had a reason to use one yet but I'm glad they are here and available.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2018, 11:32:30 am »

I was just downtown and there were a bunch of people on them near Guthrie Green. They looked like they were having fun.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2018, 11:57:18 am »

I suspect there will be swarms of them at First Friday Art Crawl tonight.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2018, 12:28:22 pm »

I suspect there will be swarms of them at First Friday Art Crawl tonight.

Be interested to see if they are available for that. They've been popping up around the area here since May, and not all of the cities are receptive to them and here they drop them off by 6 AM and then pick them up at 8 PM.

From the local NPR station

https://kjzz.org/content/644863/scooter-wars-how-phoenix-area-cities-are-approaching-rental-scooters-bikes
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2018, 12:45:02 pm »

Went downtown yesterday and today and saw lots of them riding around.   Almost parked to get one and ride around some on it.  Looks like fun.

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2018, 12:51:47 pm »

Be interested to see if they are available for that. They've been popping up around the area here since May, and not all of the cities are receptive to them and here they drop them off by 6 AM and then pick them up at 8 PM.

From the local NPR station

https://kjzz.org/content/644863/scooter-wars-how-phoenix-area-cities-are-approaching-rental-scooters-bikes

I had not seen any in Tulsa until last Friday.  It was my understanding Tulsa reached out to the companies and asked them to not start here until the city could work out the new ordinance.  The ordinance passed the council last Wednesday and Lime launched Friday morning.

There have been a lot of issues in other cities, primarily because no rules were in place beforehand, people leaving them in the middle of sidewalks, blocking traffic, etc., that created a backlash.  Back in August, OKC ordered the companies to pick up all their scooters or they would be impounded because the city attorney concluded they had no right to be parked on sidewalks.  OSU kicked them off campus as well.  Iím not sure if OKC or OSU have worked out their issues.  Seems short-sited to block them.

It will be interesting to see how the scooters affect the bike share program.  During the lunch hour today, I saw 40+ scooters go down 3rd street, but not one This Machine bike.
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2018, 09:21:16 pm »

Some friends were at First Friday and I had someone working at the shop so I snuck out and grabbed a lime for the first time.  Was fun!  Downloaded the app, put some money on it, scanned the lime, a little awkward start but quickly got on my way to the Guthrie Green from Decopolis!  52 year old, silver haired me, wearing my Mickey Mouse jacket and zipping around downtown on a green scooter!  Was a blast! Oh, one note, don't wait till your headed downhill towards a stop before you realize you didn't pay attention to how to stop or slow the thing down.  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2018, 08:32:08 pm »

I think these scooters solve some of the issues we've had with the different downtown districts not being connected to each other.  I was downtown (before the scooters) having a drink at Open Container and then going to dinner at Amelia's.  A scooter ride would be preferred over that walk across the bridges, and vice versa.  Same goes from events at the BOK Center and then getting over to Brady and Blue Dome.
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