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New Miami Hurricane Hazard: Dockless Scooters as Projectiles

New Miami Hurricane Hazard: Dockless Scooters as Projectiles”

As Hurricane Dorian nears Florida ahead of its expected landfall early next week, Miami is taking measures to ensure that the e-scooters on its city streets don't become an inadvertent safety hazard - namely, that they don't wind up turning into risky flying objects.

Dorian is on track to slam Florida's east coast around Monday with Category 4 winds topping 130 miles per hour (209 kph). With a major storm brewing, these dockless scooters could potentially become deadly flying projectiles in just a few days and city officials aren't taking any chances.

"A scooter like that is another object that could become a risky projectile with high winds", city spokesman John Heffernan told Reuters on Friday.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Dorian was packing maximum sustained winds of 225km/h as it churned an unpredictable path toward Florida. Fort Lauderdale and Orlando say that they also are demanding scooters and bikes be removed from streets and expect this to be done by Friday at midnight. The city approved a pilot program restricted to Russell's District 2 and allowing six companies - Bird, Bolt, Uber-owned Jump, Lime, Lyft and Spin - to install up to 50 scooters each in the first two weeks and up to 100 scooters after two weeks.

After using a scooter, a rider is free to leave it most anywhere, without securing it in a rack or storage facility. The scooter companies said they were cooperating with the city's order.

Miami calls for removal of electric scooters before Hurricane Dorian arrives

Miami officials held a briefing Wednesday to advise residents about Hurricane Dorian preparations, according to the Miami Herald.

Uber's scooter line, Jump, removed 250 of the electronic devices from Miami and 300 in Tampa.

Lime is pulling a complete of 1,500 scooters and 500 bicycles from Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale and decreasing its "fleet" in Tampa, an organization spokesperson stated.

"We're in touch with each city and will comply with any request to prioritize safety", Murphy said.



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