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Electric scooters set to roll in Mississippi city

September 5, 2020 GMT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Electric scooters are just days away from being available in a Mississippi city.

Blue Duck, a San Antonio, Texas-based company, announced Friday it will begin rolling out an electric scooter service in downtown Vicksburg on Sept. 17, The Vicksburg Post reported. It will be the first fleet of electric scooters launched in the state.

“Vicksburg will be the first in the state of Mississippi to have electric scooters available to our residents and visitors,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “We selected Blue Duck Scooters because of their commitment to safety and operating responsibly. They have been working very closely with the city to do this right. These scooters will be good for tourism and for attracting millennials downtown.”

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The partnership began last fall and became a reality once the Legislature changed state laws allowing the operation of electric scooters on city streets.

“We know other cities across Mississippi will follow in Vicksburg’s footsteps and we are eager to collaborate with them to guide those initiatives.” said Megan McNamara, Blue Duck’s senior director of partnerships.

Blue Duck announced it would hire a local operations team and operate its scooters out of a local warehouse.

“The Blue Duck team will monitor scooter use continuously, and will be out in the field, inspecting scooters, removing any devices that need maintenance or charging,” the company said in a news release.

Scooters will also be sanitized “at least twice a day” to help combat the coronavirus.

Blue Duck’s scooters will be available to rent from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week. Riders must download the Blue Duck app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play and use their mobile phones to locate and unlock a scooter. Each Blue Duck scooter is equipped with GPS technology.