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Electric scooters set to hit Corpus Christi

Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 19:33:16-04

Electric scooters will bring a new form of transportation to the downtown area of Corpus Christi.

Deployed by a San Antonio-based company, Blue Duck, the scooters have been slowly placed throughout local hot spots such as downtown. Early reports indicate they are quick and easy to use.

“It’s a ride-sharing mobile app,” co-founder Jeff Mangold said. “You register with your driver’s license and credit card. You find the scooter number, scan it and away you go.”

The scooters have created a little more pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, especially on weekends. This occurrence is something local business owners like about the scooters’ arrival.

“Any movement that can get people in from the main arteries into downtown is great as any and all the business owners appreciate that,”  downtown business owner Steve McMains said.

And while these scooters can be fun, officers are still cautioning people to be safe and follow basic traffic safety laws.

“Stopping at stop signs, not disregarding those (around you) and making sure to use arm signals to show which way you are going to turn,” Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley.

There are currently 35 scooters in use. A press release from the company says there soon will be 75 scooters across the city.