Lime scooters hit the brakes in Tallahassee after multiple companies have geofence issues with FSU

Published: Jul. 19, 2019 at 1:33 PM EDT
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By: Monica Casey | WCTV Eyewitness News

July 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Lime scooters in Tallahassee are hitting the brakes, as issues arise with the geofence around Florida State University's campus.

A spokesperson from Lime wrote to WCTV in an e-mail, "We're in touch with the City and are working on software update that will prevent scooters from operating on FSU's campus."

The statement went on to say that in a show of good faith, Lime has temporarily paused its scooter program in Tallahassee.

"We hope to be serving Tallahassee with convenient, affordable and energy efficient transportation options again very soon," said Lime.

As part of the three month pilot program agreement with the City of Tallahassee, the five scooter vendors are required to keep e-scooters off the FSU, FAMU and TCC campuses.

The City of Tallahassee received reports of scooters being on campuses, and notified all of the vendors of the issue. The City is insisting that the companies comply with the operating agreement, keeping scooters off campus.

Andrew Miles with VeoRide told WCTV that on Thursday afternoon, the company made tweaks to its geofence, and tested the scooters with City officials. The company double-checked that the City-prescribed no ride zones were working, and is currently still operating.

WCTV also reached out to Florida State University.

"Florida State University understands the popularity and convenience of eScooters, but the university has significant concerns about safety and accessibility for users, pedestrians and motorists alike. The safety of our students and others is among our top priorities, and we cannot have our walkways and building blocked by discarded scooters. For these reasons, FSU opted to not participate in the city’s three-month pilot program," wrote FSU's Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police David Perry.

The statement continued, "At this time, it doesn’t appear any of the vendors participating in the city’s pilot program have been able to successfully geofence the FSU campus as promised. A few scooters from all the active vendors have been left on university property this week. Florida State is working with the city on the issue and we appreciate its help and cooperation."