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Small Businesses & Alternative Transit

Does the city council know how to generate revenue properly? If you answered yes, then why do they want to ban and over regulate any new technology or small business that wants to start up here?

Scooters

Bird and Lime scooters are on their way out of the city while Gotchya is on their way in. The fee & insurance ordinance that mandates each scooter company shall be capped at 500 scooters (1,500 total in the city), $300 per scooter (the highest fee in the nation), & insurance for the city made it near impossible for the companies to operate here. That's poor governance. (Leslie, 2018)"The current proposed framework gives us significant pause as it dramatically limits our ability to provide transportation to the community."

What we are seeing here is the City Council regulating and fining a business to its deathbed. This is not how a city creates growth and business. This is one of the many companies that the city council has put to death, it has to stop. Calling this city's stance on business regressive, is an understatement. (Richardson, 2018) "We've got to start writing tickets for the offenders. Until they stop (riding improperly), we run the risk of someone getting hurt or killed." There are always people that are going to abuse any technology, that's why we need to start punishing offenders. However, scooters are not getting enough praise for their benefits.

Traffic can be pretty bad sometimes and jetting around downtown or around the city just isn't efficient in an automobile. Going downtown for errands in your car can be a hassle because parking may be non-existent, traffic may be backed up, or any other number of variables. Hopping on a scooter can bypass all of those issues, reduce emissions from your vehicle, & may be cheaper depending on what vehicle you drive. You are also more likely to stop at more local businesses on your commute.

New Tech In The City

Raleigh is supposed to be the tech hub of the state. However, Raleigh is pushing back again nearly all new technology that comes into the city! Some new tech that could have graced our streets were the Wayfinder Kiosks that were to be put up around downtown. You could see where you were on the map and where a business/place is located. The best part of all this? It was free! Just as good, these Kiosks could have generated revenue for the city via local advertising from businesses. The reason for any new tech being turned away is that some council members are out of touch with the younger generations, are scared of anything new, they want to keep Raleigh a small city, and/or the reason can be downright hypocritical. We need to embrace tech that is coming into the city so we can all reap the benefits.

All Small Businesses

Whether your business is a coffee shop, a food truck, an AirBnB, Scooter maintainer, or anything else... you need a startup in some form. Mobile retail is under attack and shunned by our council. A council member even said that mobile retail had very little to no
social backing... These business were successful before they were banned.
Food trucks, mobile clothing, startup companies, Bird, Lime, etc. These companies have been regulated so heavily that they find it too difficult to operate in Raleigh. It's time to roll these regulations and ordinances back so Raleigh can grow financially as well!

"My plan is to give liberty back to the entrepreneur and to deregulate a stifling business environment."

 

Citation:

Leslie, L. (2018, November 20). E-scooters to stay in Raleigh - for now. E-scooters to Stay in Raleigh - for Now. Retrieved from https://www.wral.com/e-scooters-to-stay-in-raleigh-for-now/18010335/

Richardson, R. (2018, November 6). Raleigh leaders hike electric scooter fees to $300 each for companies involved. Raleigh Leaders Hike Electric Scooter Fees to $300 Each for Companies Involved. Retrieved November 8, 2018, from https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/raleigh-leaders-hike-electric-scooter-fees-to-300-each-for-companies-involved/1577078049

 


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