Last week, Nashville Mayor David Bailey issued an ultimatum to scooter companies operating downtown to get control of scooter issues in 30 days or he would push for them to be banned.
The Xtreme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) is hoping to broker the problems between the mayor’s office and scooter companies to resolve the issues.
“We want to bring a solid resolution to the concerns brought up by the mayor and help the scooter companies in meeting the 30-day deadline,” said XSQL Commissioner Mark Rockwell.
Responding to downtown complaints, Briley has raised concerns over the clutter of scooters on the city streets as well as the safety issues of riders not wearing helmets or riding scooters in the appropriate areas.
Nashville Boot Scooters Team Manager, Ryan Cooper agrees with the mayor.
“He’s absolutely correct. Things have gotten out of hand with the management of the scooters. There have been too many too fast and it has overwhelmed the city. Now is the time to get a handle on it.”
The Boot Scooters are already proactive with the helmet issue by distributing free helmets to riders. Cooper, who formerly worked with the Nashville Predators, also got 100 Predators’ hockey helmets donated to distribute to riders.
“Most scooter riders have this idea that wearing helmets aren’t cool,” Cooper said. “By having the Predators donate some helmets we are hoping they will think it is the cool thing to wear a Predators’ helmet,”
The Boot Scooters are also providing their own helmets hoping to promote the new team and league. Other businesses such as Tootsies and Acme Feed ‘n Seed have also sponsored helmets.
Rider safety is another hot topic on the Mayors concern.
The Boot Scooters are going to hold rider parties over the next few weeks with the goal of enforcing the rules of the road for scooter riders. The local XSQL franchise is working with the league to sponsor the “educational parties” with free giveaways and merchandise to encourage attendance and get the attention of scooter riders. Several local sports personalities have agreed to participate in the parties.
“We’re hoping that the party atmosphere along with some local celebrities will help bring in scooter riders and spread the word about safety and the proper use of electric scooters.”
The Boot Scooters have already teamed up with Bird and Lime to provide sponsorship to the events.
“I think it’s great that this new league is working with us and the mayor’s office to help us to meet the demands by the city,” said local Bird representative Eric Wallace. “We really don’t need any bad press over this so the XSQL’s involvement is key.”
The first “educational electric scooter” party will be held at the plaza in front of Bridgestone Arena on Friday at 6 p.m.
The Nashville Boot Scooters are one of eight teams scheduled to play in the XSQL’s first season in October. The sport is a hybrid merging of electric scooters and quidditch. Instead of broomsticks, players will “fly” around on scooters.
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