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Tampa releases progress report on electronic scooter popularity

Injuries prompt CDC investigation into e-scooters
Posted at 11:00 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 07:25:35-05

TAMPA, Fla. -- The City of Tampa has released its first progress report since allowing electronic scooters to launch in May.

According to city officials, Tampa riders have tracked more than 700,000 trips on shared scooters -- covering 850,000 miles -- in six months. That breaks down to about 4,000 trips every day.

"Whether you’re using them to get to work, lunch, or as a form of entertainment, micromobility options are quickly becoming a great way to get around cities," said Mayor Jane Castor.

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The modern mode of transportation has been a big hit during its pilot program, offering a cheap, quick way to zip around downtown and the surrounding areas.

"My heart is racing, it’s like an amazing experience," said first-time rider Javene Marson.

The roll out hasn't been flawless with reports of vandalism, improper parking and injuries occurring since May.

Tampa General Hospital reports its emergency room is treating an average of 39 injuries per month.

The program is run in partnership with four of the nation’s largest shared vendors – Bird, Spin, Lime and JUMP.

More information on this program can be found here.