(BIRMINGHAM, Ala. WIAT)– Birmingham and other cities across the state could be welcoming electronic scooters in the coming months. It’s all thanks to recently passed legislation that will leave it to city governments to determine if e-scooters will be allowed, and how they’ll be regulated.
Having e-scooters could offer fun for locals, but also poses serious safety risks. At least eight people in the U.S. have died while using a rentable e-scooter since the fall of 2017, Consumer Reports has confirmed.
Last year, electronic scooters came and soon after left the Birmingham and Homewood area. That’s because the company that brought them here did so without a permit. Now, the Magic City is requesting proposals from companies that want to bring their micro-mobility devices here.
For organizations that want to see the electronic scooters in Birmingham, it could stimulate local tourism.
“It’s a sign of being cutting edge. It is very important for our city to be able to present itself that way and present these kinds of things so that we are the kind of city that can attract workforce and attract companies that look for that kind of innovation.”David Fleming, CEO of REV Birmingham
E-scooters are not regulated on a federal or state level. This means the cities will have to take into account safety concerns; like the age of drivers and if a helmet is required.
Birmingham will be accepting proposals until the end of July. By March of next year, we could see the scooters once again scattered across the downtown area.