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Blue Duck ‘impressed’ with scooter service after first week in Vicksburg – The Vicksburg Post

Blue Duck ‘impressed’ with scooter service after first week in Vicksburg – The Vicksburg Put up

Apart from some inclement climate final week, the primary week of operation for Blue Duck scooters in Vicksburg went tremendously nicely, firm officers stated.

The pilot program, launched Sept. 19 by the San Antonio-based Blue Duck, gives “flocks” of electrical scooters obtainable for hire in downtown Vicksburg. And, if the primary week is any indication — even with a number of days hampered by rain — each town and the corporate have a protracted future collectively.

“We’ve been very impressed with the variety of journeys taken up to now. We’re enthusiastic about it,” Blue Duck’s Senior Director of Authorities Partnerships Megan McNamara stated. “I believe it’s typical to have a peak in ridership initially, particularly with the massive launch we had and the promotion, however I’ll say that is sort of corresponding to what we noticed in Waco which we launched in July. Numbers based mostly on the dimensions of town and the dimensions of the fleet, we’re actually pleased with.”

However the first week has additionally proved there’s a want by a few of these having fun with the paid scooter service downtown of the foundations governing their operation.

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Division have needed to remind these working the scooters that the traditional guidelines of the street apply and that the scooters are to not be operated on the sidewalks.

Between 35 and 50 scooters are put out every day and can be found to hire 7-days per week between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and are restricted to an working service space of downtown Vicksburg.

Riders should be 18 years outdated or older and riders are “strongly inspired to put on a helmet,” however should not required to take action. Additionally, the scooters should stay on roadways which have velocity limits not more than 35 miles per hour and riders should comply with all the foundations for the street, together with stopping at cease indicators and never using on the sidewalks. Additionally, riders should yield to pedestrians.

“The primary couple of weeks are all the time a studying curve, getting used to this system and adjusted to the foundations of the street,” McNamara stated. “The town has been fantastic in serving to us educate individuals regionally on what the foundations of the street are, so it’s our hope that we’ll proceed to see an increasing number of rides.”

Scooters will probably be obtainable within the downtown space bounded by First East Road on the north, Monroe Road on the east, Madison and Depot streets on the south and Levee Road on the west.

Individuals wanting to make use of a scooter can obtain an app to their mobile phone to search out one. The app offers the placement of the scooter and tells the individual how a lot energy is remaining on its battery.

Utilizing the app, the rider scans the scooter to unlock it and trip to their vacation spot, the place the scooter is parked.

Fee to be used of the scooter could be made by a credit score or debit card throughout the app. Cash from the cardboard is deposited right into a “pockets” on the app and used to pay for the rides. The cost is an preliminary $1 charge after which 25 cents a minute.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his spouse Stephanie, are the dad and mom of three youngsters, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend faculty within the Vicksburg Warren Faculty District. The household are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is concerned in quite a few civic and volunteer organizations together with the United Manner of West Central Mississippi and serves on the Metropolis of Vicksburg’s Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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