Ahead of the expected landfall in the early part of the next week, the Hurricane Dorian is nearing Florida. Miami has now been taking measures to make sure that the e-scooters which ply on the streets of the city do not become an inadvertent disaster becoming flying objects which may turn out to be dangerous.
The chairman of the city commission, Ken Russel said through social media on Thursday that all the e-scooters will be removed from the streets of the city by Friday. They captioned their tweet as #scooternado. In the month of April, the city had launched a pilot program for e-scooters which was done in partnership with six companies, Bird, Jump, Lime, Lyft, Spin and Bold for the deployment of scooters in that region.
A spokesperson from Lyft said that the safety of the community is very important to the company and therefore they have put all the scooter operations in Miami on hold and have managed to securely ensure the storage of the scooters ahead of the hurricane. They said that they will only be resuming operations only when the conditions have improved and will be following all the guidance which the City of Miami is providing.
The spokesperson also said that the operations team of Lyft had managed to pick up 244 e-scooters which will be stored inside a warehouse until the storm passes. In a statement, Lime said that it will be pulling off its fleet not just in Miami but also in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and also gone on to reduce the fleet it has in Tampa. The company is expected to pull down 500 bikes and around1500 scooters out of operations. Bird, Jump and Spin have also confirmed that they will be stalling operations.