SAN ANTONIO -- A local developer is paving the way for scooters to get around downtown San Antonio.
Electric scooters are popping up around Austin, however it hasn't always been a smooth ride.
"We cannot get on one without someone saying where do I get that, where do I rent that, what is that," said Eric Bell, President and co-founder of Blue Duck Scooters.
Anyone that has been down to the Pearl lately has probably seen tests in progress for Blue Duck Scooters.
"We actually properly launched our beta at SXSW last month. We know it will be well received. We're just excited to launch here. We're from San Antonio, we take pride in that. It has a range of about 18 miles and goes about 15 to 16 mph," Bell said.
Think of it like a rideshare program. You download the app, enter your name and credit card information, and you're set to find a scooter. It's $1 to unlock and 15 cents a minute after.
When it comes to getting these implemented city-wide, Blue Duck is going through the proper channels with the city.
Center City Development and Operations Department Director John Jacks released the following statement:
The City is working to create a comprehensive dockless vehicle pilot program that will clarify rules for all dockless providers. The effort was discussed at the Transportation Council Committee meeting on January 23rd. An initial stakeholder meeting will be held in early May to get input from the public and service providers on what that pilot program should look like. A recommendation will then be brought back to the City’s Transportation Committee for their consideration. These dockless transportation products are very new and have the potential to fill first/last mile transportation gaps. Cities throughout the country are working to develop appropriate regulatory systems that strike the correct balance for their community. Blue Duck has expressed an interest in working with the City and plans to participate in our stakeholder engagement process.
Similar scooters have been in Austin for a little while now, currently scooters can be impounded if left in the city's right of way areas for 48 hours or more.
"We have the ability to geo-fence them, which means we can keep them out of certain areas. Which community leaders like. These things are great, they can go everywhere, but that doesn't necessarily mean they should and have to go everywhere. So those discussions are on-going and are really productive. We've got a great, young, tech scene and we're just thrilled to be a part of that. We are here to be good faith partners with everyone community we're in and every college campus we go to," said Bell.
For more information: https://www.blueduckscooters.com/