Gotcha Group removes its scooters from streets of Nashville

Posted at 1:05 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 14:20:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The fleet of scooters that has filled the streets of Nashville is now smaller. Gotcha Group - one of the seven companies to place scooters in the city - has announced the removal of their scooters from the streets.

"After much thought and consideration, Gotcha has made a tough decision to suspend the operation of our scooters in the City of Nashville," said a Gotcha representative in a statement.

"We founded Gotcha on commitment to partnership and collaboration with universities and cities to help solve fundamental transportation challenges through sustainable mobility options. While we aim to offer these solutions in as many places as possible, we can't do it all. We need to focus our resources on cities where we can make a more effective and lasting impact. We loved being able to provide our Nashville riders with a fun mode of transportation and [are] very grateful to them and our hardworking staff for our time here."

Seven companies placed their electric scooters throughout the streets of Nashville. Now that Gotcha has pulled theirs, only six companies' scooters remain.

This move by Gotcha comes just a month after Metro Council passed a bill to keep scooters in Nashville with new regulations, after their safety was questioned following several injuries and one death of scooter riders.

Companies that still have scooters in the city comprise Bird, Spin, Lime, Jump (by Uber), Bolt and Lyft. Metro Council will next consider a bill to competely ban scooters on August 20.

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