MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It was definitely not a Harley, not a “Born to be Wild” machine. If anything, it has a born to be mild attitude to it.
This is part of the My City Rides program to help people without a car get around in Memphis.
The head of My City Rides, Andy Nix, says, “My City Rides is a non-profit whose primary mission is to help people get back and forth to work.”
The scooter runs on gasoline. Not much of it is needed. It gets close to 90 miles a gallon. Top speed is about 60 mph.
And commissioners liked what they heard.
“This is a huge advantage for many people,” Commissioner Reginald Milton said.
Memphis and the car are like a hot dog and mustard – made for each other.
Companies that have moved here often have to ask the governments to set up bus service to their businesses, so their employees can get there. Even then, studies have shown that some people spend seven hours a day commuting in a bus.
My City Rides set up shop about a year ago, quietly.
“We spent the first year building the program,” Andy Nix said, “… determining what it takes not only to put people on scooters, but to keep them out there, and to put the system and infrastructure in place to be ready to scale.”
There are 123 scooters on the road right now, and only in Memphis. No other city in the country has a program like My City Rides.
For $90 dollars a month you get what you need, and rent the scooter. It’s rent-to-own, and after three years, this hog is yours.
Nix says it’s time to grow. “We’re at a point,” he said, “… where we are interested in meeting with local businesses that have work forces that have transportation challenges.”
My City Rides folks wants commissioners to get county employees involved, maybe even automatically deducting the $90 a month out of their checks.
“This is a perfect addition for our city,” Milton said, “… I will be fully supportive of it.”