Scooter startups are temporarily banned from the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, awaiting a rally tonight by President Donald Trump.
The city's public works ministry on Thursday sent a message to scooter companies about the temporary ban:
Please note that the city of Minneapolis is planning a major event scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019. To protect and promote public safety and well-being, the Minneapolis police have requested a temporary suspension of all scooter rental activities the priority right of the city during the date of the event. Pursuant to Article IV, Section 4, and Article III, Section 1 (c) of your license agreement, all scooters in your local fleet must be removed from the city transit right by 9 p.m. at the latest. (CDT) on Wednesday, October 9th.. Thereafter, scooters may not be distributed to or made available for rental from any priority right on October 10, 2019. Scooter rental activities may be resumed under normal license agreement terms starting October 11.th.
Scooter companies already comply with the order. A screenshot of the Lime app posted on Reddit contains a message that reads: "Due to a visit from the President of the United States, Lime will be temporarily offline until 10/11." In addition to Lime, the city has three other recognized scooter operators: Jump (née Uber), Spin and Lyft. The city currently employs around 2,000 scooters under the provisions of a pilot program.
In the meantime, Trump has been arguing with the mayor of Minneapolis about costs related to the rally and security. The Star Tribune reported that road closures and traffic are expected due to the president's appearance. According to the city's police chief, pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be significantly reduced around the Target Center where Trump will hold his rally.
Scooter companies have proactively decommissioned their vehicles in other cities, usually in response to extreme weather and flooding.