Proposal designates parking areas for Bird scooters

Proposal designates parking areas for Bird scooters

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Bird scooters have officially been in Memphis for two weeks.

After flying the coop in Nashville, Bird scooters landed three hours down the road in Memphis, and Memphians and tourists both are in love with the new rides.

You can park the form of transportation anywhere, but there is a new proposal to have designated parking area for the scooters.

This pilot program keeps Main Street's sidewalks tidy, creating designated parking spots for the city's new Bird scooters – a welcomed idea for scooter users and downtowners.

The scooters are now parked on every corner in downtown Memphis.

"Sometimes you see them get laid there and not like, and sometimes you wonder if they are charged up," said Chu Pham, who works downtown.

Next week, City of Memphis plans to launch a temporary plan to clear up that confusion and create designated parking spots for the scooters.

"My understanding is that Bird will actually set up what they call nests at these designated parking areas," said Nick Oyler, manager of the bikeway and pedestrian program. "When they look on the app they will see that this is the location to go to pick up a scooter."

WMC5 caught up with Jean Seabolt from Nashville on his first ride since Bird scooters left the Music City.

Nashville booted the scooters after city leaders deemed them illegal because they often blocked right of ways.

"Downtown Nashville is a little more congested so you're running into people more," Seabolt said. "That was the problem they had. Tourists were complaining and things like that."

Last month, Nashville's Metro Public Works began impounding the scooters after finding them unattended on city streets, sidewalks, and other public areas.

"One common complaint is cluttering of sidewalks, and Bird is really trying to be progressive, proactive in responding to those concerns," Oyler said. "We are the same way."

The plan is to keep everyone happy as Bird scooters nest into their new home in the Bluff City.

You'll find the 10 painted "nests" scattered along Main Street from City Hall to GE Patterson starting next week.

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