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Metro Council will consider dockless bicycle and scooter regulations that would require companies to educate riders on safety and pay administrative fees. The ordinance is in light of the arrival—and subsequent controversy—of Bird electric scooters earlier this spring.
The council will discuss the ordinance for the first time at Tuesday night's meeting. Here's what you need to know about the legislation:
What does it say?
The ordinance is focused on rider safety and would require companies to educate users on the equipment. Additionally, it would require companies to have a staffed local center and a 24-hour customer service phone number for users to report safety concerns.
Companies will be required to visually notify users about the following driving rules:
A user shall yield to any pedestrian when operating upon sidewalks.
Helmet use is encouraged while riding.
When riding on a street, users must follow the rules of the road as one would in a motor vehicle.
Who is sponsoring the bill?
Council members Jeremy Elrod (District 26), Anthony Davis (District 7) and Burkley Allen (District 18) are sponsors of the bill.
What else is on the agenda?
- Legislation filed by Councilman Dave Rosenberg would eliminate the requirement that scooter riders wear wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads but a helmet requirement would remain in effect.
- Councilman Steve Glover has introduced an ordinance that would prohibit the city from entering into any "sale, lease, transfer or conveyance of property" adjacent to the proposed Major League Soccer stadium. Glover has proposed similar legislation against the stadium in the past.
You can find the full agenda for Tuesday night's meeting on Metro's website.
The council meets in the David Scobey Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse, located at 1 Public Square in Nashville.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.