Tampa could get e-scooters in April, with traffic exceptions

A one-year pilot program wouldn't allow the vehicles on the Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd. and 7th Ave.

click to enlarge Tampa could get e-scooters in April, with traffic exceptions
Photo via Bird Rides

Tampa’s delayed e-scooter experiment could kick off on April 1, but there are at least three places where we won’t have to worry about getting run over by them.

The TBBJ says that city officials have narrowed down their selection of three electric scooter companies whose rides will hit the streets. Skinny Labs Inc. (aka Spin) Social Bicycles LLC (aka JUMP) and Bird Rides Inc. have all been recommended to receive a contract to participate in the one-year pilot.

The final award is subject to review by the city staff, according to the TBBJ, and the expected to go before city council for approval on March 4.

In total, the three vendors would put 1,800 scooters in corrals scattered throughout downtown Tampa. The city has also specifically stated that the scooters will not be allowed on the Tampa Riverwalk, the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk, 7th Avenue and on any private property.

Still no word, however, about whether or not “Bird hunting” is about to be a thing around here.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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