City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia (Ward Six) has called on the companies behind JUMP Bikes, Bird Scooters, and Lime Scooters to remove them from Manton and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods until a community meeting can be scheduled in September.
“I have received numerous daily complaints about these bikes and scooters being left on sidewalks, blocking walkways and driveways, and being a hazard for those with mobility issues,” stated Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia. “I have even had complaints of bikes being vandalized by young people. I believe that we need to provide alternate and economical forms of transportation across the city, but I’m concerned that a safety plan or retrieval plan are not in place. I will be inviting representatives from these companies, and the City departments that oversee these partnerships to join me for a meeting in September to hear from the community directly.”
JUMP Bikes, an affiliate of UBER, began to appear in cities around the world in 2013, followed by Bird and Lime E-Scooters which popped up in the San Francisco area in 2017 before going global. They first appeared in Providence in 2018.
President Pro Tempore Correia is a co-sponsor, along with lead sponsor Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan, and other co-sponsors Council President Sabina Matos, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr, and Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris, of a resolution that was passed on July 18, 2019 that calls upon the City to conduct a formal and thorough analysis of the JUMP Bikes, Bird and Lime e-Scooters programs and prepare a formal report to be submitted to the Council for review within 30-days.