Miami Authorities Ask That Scooters Be Removed from Streets Ahead of Dorian

City of Miami asks 6 scooter operators to remove all scooters from the streets before Hurricane Dorian hits 7 photos
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Hurricane Dorian, currently a Category 5 storm, is heading for Florida: hurricane warnings have been issued, focusing on the period from Monday night through early Wednesday.
Preparations for Dorian started as early as last Friday, with authorities summoning 6 scooter operators in the city of Miami to remove all scooters from the streets, lest they become flying projectiles once Dorian hits, CNBC reports.

On Sunday, Dorian blew over the Bahamas, with winds topping 185 mph. As it’s moving towards Florida, wind speed has decreased only lightly, to 180 mph. At such high speeds, even the smallest object that is not tethered (and even those that are) can become airborne and cause serious injury and more damages, so the request is legitimate.

Authorities told Bird, Bolt, Uber’s Jump, Lime, Lyft and Spin to remove the scooters from Miami by mid-day Friday, the report notes. Some of these companies announced that they had also removed or reduced their fleet in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando, which are also in the projected path of Dorian.

In separate statements, Lime, Lyft, Uber’s Jump, Bolt and Bird tell CNBC that they will comply and are cooperating with Miami authorities on the best course of action to keep members of the community safe.

“We’re also communicating with our riders to let them know of these steps and to encourage them to follow the guidance of their local authorities and remain safe,” a spokesperson for Lime says.

“We will resume operations only once conditions improve and will continue to follow the guidance provided by the City of Miami,” a spokeswoman for Lyft notes, adding that all 244 scooters in Miami will be stored temporarily in a warehouse. Lyft will resume operations when city authorities give the greenlight.

Bolt, Bird and Uber’s Jump also make a point out of saying that they will only be bringing the scooters back on the streets once the City of Miami says it’s safe for them to do so. As we speak, preparations for evacuations in Florida are still underway.
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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