Mayor Briley decides to ban electric scooters in Nashville
Mayor David Briley announced his intention to remove all electric scooters from Nashville streets.
In a press release on Friday, Briley said his decision came "after careful consideration," following his 30-day notice for a potential scooter ban on May 23.
Briley did, however, mention that he will "consider adding back one or two operators to provide a limited number of scooters" should they meet Metro's proposed requirements for safety and accessibility.
"I have asked the Metro Legal Director to draft an amendment to pending Metro Council legislation that would terminate the existing scooter pilot program, immediately remove all electric scooters from Nashville streets, and direct the Transportation Licensing Commission to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) within 90 days of the Council’s approval of the ordinance," Briley said. "The purpose of the RFP would be to consider adding back one or two operators to provide a limited number of scooters if they are able to meet our requirements for safety and accessibility.
"The safety of all Nashville residents, workers and visitors has always been my primary concern since scooters hit the streets a year ago. I look forward to a resolution that meets that need."
Briley's 30-day ultimatum came one week after an accident involving scooter rider Brady Gaulke, 26, who died from injuries sustained during the crash three days later.
"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 said in the May 23 press release. "The Nashville Fire Department responded to 43 scooter injury calls in the month of April alone. Something has to change."
Several Nashville residents have spoken out against the lack of enforcement connected to the scooters zooming through Music City.