New scooter issues in Nashville may lead to more regulations

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People continue to speak out on scooters in Music City. 

On Wednesday, the nonprofit, Walk Bike Nashville, held a mayoral forum where candidates and Mayor David Briley criticized the rentals, 

“We have  to go back and look at it again, and figure out how we can improve upon the presence of scooters in our town,” said Briley 

Advocates for the visually impaired and blind told News 2 scooters sometimes interfere with walkability around the city. 

Jo Anne Stombaugh is blind and also the 2nd Vice President for the Middle Tennessee Council of the Blind. She shared a time when scooters got in her way, 

“We were going into the restaurant and there was a scooter totally blocking the entrance to the restaurant.”  

Stombaugh uses a cane when she’s alone and she said had she not been with her husband, who has full sight, she would’ve had to go somewhere else.
 
“I’m not real sure how I would’ve navigated around it, because I’m not real familiar with them at all.” 

Stombaugh said the Council plans on advocating for more scooter regulations in the coming months, 

“We don’t want people to dwell on our disabilities, we want people to know that we’re just people. But because of our disabilities, there are issues that have to be confronted and this is definitely one of them.” 

All electric scooters in Nashville are operating under a pilot program. 

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