On July 1st, the Nashville Metro Council confirmed the vote to remove all brands of electronic scooters, a decision that will go into effect July 5th. While local residents have been quick to voice their support for scooter removal, the Mayor's office followed the initial announcement with an additional transit plan.
"We know public transportation is a persistent issue in Davidson County," said the representative from Mayor David Briley's office. "We are excited to roll out the details for the alternative to the scooters, which were ultimately deemed dangerous, unsustainable, and lacking in whimsy."
The new plan will be to drop unicycles in the downtown/Broadway neighborhood early July 6th for a trial period, followed by drops in West End, 12South, East Nashville, Belmont-Hillsboro, Wedgewood-Houston, and North Nashville the following week. With the removal of popular scooter brands Lime and Jump, Lyft and Uber have stepped up to present unicycle brands Uno and SPIN.
The unicycle effort has been spearheaded by Lockeland Springs resident Eliza Honeysuckle, who shared: "Scooters are basic. They're boring. But a unicycle? That's got some vintage energy; it's the perfect balance of old and new that Nashville does best. Please follow me on Instagram at @HoneyBeeE."
When asked about safety gear, helmets, and training opportunities, the unicycle subcommittee declined to comment.