Scooters And One Wheels

Birmingham ride-sharing scooter parking points

AND JOHN, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING AROUND TOWN. WELL SURE YEAH I’VE MORE OF THE BATTERY POWERED SCOOTERS BEING ABANDONED IN THE MOST RANDOM PLACES LIKE THE SHOULDER OF THE THAT AN EXPRESSWAY HERE SO WE DECIDED TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS BEING DONE TO MAKE SURE MORE OF THESE SHARED RIDES WERE NOT LITTERING AREA STREETS WITH THE PAIN OF DOWNTOWN PARKING. ROB FULHAM SAYS BIRMINGHAM’S NEWEST MODE OF MICROMOBILITY IS THE WAY TO GO. IT’S NICE TO JUST BE ABLE TO PARK SOMEWHERE THAT YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR CAR ALL DAY AND THEN JUMP ONE OF THE SCOOTERS. THEY’RE SUPER CHEAP AND YOU CAN KIND OF ZIP AROUND. THEY’RE FUN. THE RIDE SERVICE LAUNCHED HERE IN APRIL 2021 AND ITS POPULARITY HAS PRODUCED SOME IRRESPONSIBLE PARKING PRACTICE. WE DO SEE THEM TURN UP IN ODD PLACES LIKE THESE, WHICH HAVE BEEN SITTING ON RICHARD ERRINGTON BOULEVARD FOR A FEW MONTHS. THEIR VENDOR BOLT LEFT TOWN AFTER GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. THESE RIDE SCOOTER AND BIKES ARE SHOWING UP IN UNIQUE PARKING SPOTS AS. WELL, THE COMPANY SAID THEY RELY HEAVILY THE PUBLIC TO GET THEM TO THE RIGHT PLACE ONCE THEY HAVE A PORT. IT’S MUCH EASIER FOR THEM TO IDENTIFY WHERE THAT VEHICLE IS AND GO FOR IT. THEY JUST MAY NOT BE AWARE BECAUSE IT MAY NOT BE SHOWING UP IN THEIR BACKEND SYSTEM ANY LONGER. VIDEO IS WORKING WITH THE CITY ON STRATEGIES TO CURB SOME OF THE SCOOTER PARKING PROBLEMS TO GO WITH THEIR CURRENT FINANCIAL INCENTIVES. WILL EITHER ISSUE A FINE OR ESCALATING WARNINGS TO THE USER TO KIND OF DETER THAT BEHAVIOR. AND AFTER A CERTAIN NUMBER OF WARNINGS OR FINES, A USER IS ACTUALLY REMOVED FROM THE PLATFORM. DAVID KIM JIMMY SAID ONE OF HIS FRIENDS LEARNED A PARK IN THE SCOOTER CORRALS THE HARD WAY. THERE WAS $100 BILL FOR THE SCOOTER, SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE FIVE BUCKS AND ENDED UP BEING OVER 100 BUCKS. THAT’S WHY THESE TWO SCOOTERS LOSING VISITORS DID NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES. NOW, WE HAVE TOLD VOA ABOUT THIS SCOOTER THAT IS ON REDMOND EXPRESS WAY AND THOSE TWO OTHER BOLT SCOOTERS THAT WE MENTIONED OR RICHARD ARRINGTON BOULEVARD BELOW VULCAN PARK, THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM TOLD ME THEY’RE GOING TO SEND SOMEBODY TO RETRIEVE THOSE BECAUSE BOLT HIMSELF LEFT TOWN AFTER GOING OUT OF BUSINESS

Birmingham addressing ride-sharing scooter parking issues

Updated: 7:03 PM CST Nov 9, 2022

The City of Birmingham is working with micro-mobility vendor VEO Ride to address parking issues with its popular battery-powered scooter service.With the pain of downtown parking, Rob Fulham says Birmingham’s newest mode of micro-mobility is the way to go.” It’s nice to be able to park somewhere, where you can leave your car all day and then jump on one of the scooters. They’re super cheap. You can kind of zip around, they’re fun,” Fulham said.The ride -sharing service launched here in April 2021, and its popularity has produced some irresponsible parking practices.”We do see them turn up in odd places,” Birmingham City Council Darrell O’Quinn said.We found two which had been sitting off Richard Arrington , Jr. Boulevard for a few months. Their vendor, Bolt, left town after going out of business.VEO Ride’s scooters and bikes are showing up in unique parking spots as well.The company said they rely heavily on the public to get them to the right place.”Once they have a report, it’s much easier for them to identify where that vehicle is and retrieve it. They just may not be aware because it is not showing up in their backend system any longer,” VEO’s Monico Dilullo said. VEO is working with the City on strategies to curb some of the scooter parking problems to go with their current financial incentives.”We’ll either issue a fine or escalating warnings to the user to kind of deter that behavior. Then after a certain number of warnings or fines a user is actually removed from the platform,” Dilullo said.David Cangemi said one of his friends learned the consequence of not parking in one of the designated scooter corrals the hard way.”It was a hundred dollar bill for the scooter. It was supposed to be five bucks and it ended up being over one hundred bucks,” Cangemi said. VEO said if the public wants to report on improperly abandoned scooters or bikes, they should file a report on their app or call (855) 836-2256.

The City of Birmingham is working with micro-mobility vendor VEO Ride to address parking issues with its popular battery-powered scooter service.

With the pain of downtown parking, Rob Fulham says Birmingham’s newest mode of micro-mobility is the way to go.
“It’s nice to be able to park somewhere, where you can leave your car all day and then jump on one of the scooters. They’re super cheap. You can kind of zip around, they’re fun,” Fulham said.
The ride-sharing service launched here in April 2021, and its popularity has produced some irresponsible parking practices.
“We do see them turn up in odd places,” Birmingham City Council Darrell O’Quinn said.
We found two which had been sitting off Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard for a few months.
Their vendor, Bolt, left town after going out of business.
VEO Ride’s scooters and bikes are showing up in unique parking spots as well.
The company said they rely heavily on the public to get them to the right place.
“Once they have a report, it’s much easier for them to identify where that vehicle is and retrieve it. They just may not be aware because it is not showing up in their backend system any longer,” VEO’s Monico Dilullo said.
VEO is working with the City on strategies to curb some of the scooter parking problems to go with their current financial incentives.
“We’ll either issue a fine or escalating warnings to the user to kind of deter that behavior. Then after a certain number of warnings or fines a user is actually removed from the platform,” Dilullo said.
David Cangemi said one of his friends learned the consequence of not parking in one of the designated scooters corrals the hard way.
“It was a hundred dollar bill for the scooter. It was supposed to be five bucks and it ended up being over one hundred bucks,” Cangemi said.
VEO said if the public wants to report on improperly abandoned scooters or bikes, they should file a report on their app or call (855) 836-2256.

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