E-scooters will not be tested in Downtown Huntsville


The Huntsville City Council voted tonight not test out electric scooters in Huntsville.

This is a correction from an earlier report.

For months, the City of Huntsville has been looking at bringing electric scooters to downtown. The scooters would be tested from the Campus 805 and Stovehouse entertainment centers to California Street in Downtown Huntsville. The test area would also include the area around Huntsville Hospital.

Downtown Huntsville, Inc. President and CEO, Chad Emerson, said, “Huntsville is really born on innovation, and this is an innovative way of getting around.”

The e-scooters would have worked a lot like the Pace bike share system in Huntsville, with people using their phones to reserve a scooter.

Some council members voiced safety concerns including drinking and driving.

Councilwoman Frances Akridge said, “I don’t think there’s ever going to be enough education that would satisfy me if we’re going to allow people to drive this with a purple cup, and we know they will.”

According to the proposed ordinance, the scooters wouldn’t be allowed in parks or on sidewalks and only have a speed of 15 miles per hour.

This version corrects an earlier version in which it was reported that the vote was in favor of testing out electric scooters. We were made aware of a late vote change which changed the outcome after this story was posted. We regret the earlier error.

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