Those popular e-scooters are finding their way on to more than just sidewalks and streets.
Like fruit, dozens of Lime scooters could be found hanging on trees all long Congress Avenue Wednesday.
“What is his motive for it you know. What’s going on, what’s going through this guy’s head,” said John Monbelly who charges electric scooters.
Instead of picking them up on the sidewalk to charge the scooters, Monbelly was left to figure out a way to harvest them from trees.
The Downtown Austin Alliance has crews that clean up the area, which includes scooters.
“They'll move some scooters if they are inappropriately placed. My first impression was it's probably some sort of prank,” said Casey Burack the general council for the Downtown Austin Alliance. Burack said overall they have no issues with the popular mode of transportation.
“To date we see the benefits outweighing the problem,” said Burack.
While they're ok with the scooters, there are other problem areas they find besides trees.
“The main issue that we hear a lot is they'll be parked in the right of way. Your supposed to leave four feet of walkable space for pedestrians especially for our neighbors in wheel chairs or mobility impairment so it's important that we leave that space,” said Burack.
Right now the Downtown Austin Alliance and the city are working together to better inform riders. “To incentivize better rider behavior, better parking behavior, and better behaviors from the vehicle operators,” said Burack.
Thursday the city will be going out and informing people about properly using these scooters. The city recently posted a draft set of rules for these dockless mobility vehicles.
This includes where you can and can't leave them, yielding to pedestrians, and how quickly they need to be picked up by the company from restricted areas, like parks.
The city is still listening to feedback on these rules before adopting them in November.