The expected landing of hurricane Dorian in Florida causes Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa to climb to remove bikes and scooters from their streets. If the devices are not removed from the street, they may be picked up by hurricane winds – which turn into threats to people and property.
Miami has demanded that all these mobility companies remove their products from the street on Friday at noon, Bloomberg reported. Tampa has not yet applied for removal, but if (or when) this happens, the companies have 12 hours to comply. ("All our suppliers seem to be prepared for that requirement and stay up to date with weather forecasts," says a Tampa city spokesperson.) Kalk, Uber & # 39; s scooter company Jump and Bird say they are willing to cover the shutters. be close in all the cities in which they are active.
In total, Lime has around 1500 e-scooters in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, as well as around 500 bikes in Orlando. A ground team gathers the scooters and bicycles to store them in a warehouse while the storm passes, a spokesperson said. Lime will reach the Miami mid-day deadline and plans to remove his bikes from Orlando mid-day on Saturday.
This is not the first hurricane of Lime; in August 2017, Lime moved their bicycle fleet to Hurricane Irma. Hurricanes are not exactly surprising in Florida, the spokesperson noted, so the company has plans for when they occur.
In contrast, this is Jump & # 39; s first rodeo. The company, which was taken over by Uber in 2018, has 250 scooters in Miami and 300 in Tampa. Jump says it will meet the Miami deadline and possibly also remove the Tampa scooters, depending on the expected path of the storm.
Bird said that only they are monitoring the conditions in Florida. Their response to the hurricane could be: "our service will pause when the weather does not allow safe driving, and can sometimes lead to the removal of birds from the road during periods of bad weather, such as hurricanes," a Bird spokesperson said.
Lyft, Spin and Bolt – all working in Miami – did not respond to requests for comment. Nor are the cities of Miami, Orlando or Fort Lauderdale.