Dockless scooters pop up in Providence

Dockless scooters pop up in Providence. (WJAR)

Within the last few days, electric scooters popping up through Providence!

However, the city hasn't exactly figured out how to handle the new ride-sharing program.

Electric powered back-less scooters for rent, riders will need a credit card and a phone app to ride.

“We've been riding them for the past hour now. They're nice, they're fun, they're quick,” said Christopher Flemming , visiting from New York.

“I've seen these before in California,” said Justin Pierce, visiting from Boston.

According to California company's website "Bird" is an electric vehicle sharing program.

“You find them just laying around the street, but if you go on the app, they show them on the app,” said Flemming.

Paying with a credit card on the phone application activates the electric scooter. Riders can use it for as long as they want , and park it wherever.

Overnight, the company staff will pick them up, returning them to the spot.

“It's actually really easy, it handles really well, it's easy to ride. It goes fast enough, but not uncomfortably fast,” said Pierce.

Riders say it'll go about five miles in an hour.

“And then I saw this on the other side of the canal, so I walked over,” said Pierce. “I looked at it. I downloaded the app, I put my credit card in there, and I was off riding in a couple of minutes.

The app says its $1 to get started, then 15-cents a minute.

The website says it will pay the host city $1 each day for every scooter on the street.

“It's good for any kind of business. You can scoot yourself to the bar and scoot some drinks from me,” said Terrence Falon who works nearby.

Although some say it's great for business downtown, the rider policy is unclear.

NBC 10 News reached out to the mayor's office, their statement reads in part:

“At this point the City is in contact with Bird. We are also in the early stages of developing a policy for dock-less scooters. The city does not have a contract with them.”

Riders tell NBC 10, they wish they had a helmet on them and feel it's a program to ride at your own risk.

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