TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Looking to use Uber or an Uber scooter to get around Tampa during Gasparilla?
Riders will need to walk a few blocks away from the Gasparilla parade route to request a ride from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Uber said in a press release its app will display a notification instructing riders where to walk to request a ride, based on their location.
The ride-share company did offer some tips on where to walk before requesting ahead of the event.
- Downtown: Walk east toward N Florida Ave.
- Harbor Island: Walk east of Harbor Island Blvd and south of Knights Run Ave.
- Hyde Park North: Head north toward the University of Tampa, request after you’ve reached Cleveland Ave.
- Hyde Park Center: Head north of Swann Ave and east of South Blvd.
Uber also said if you’re enjoying the festivities on the Hillsborough Bay, you’ll need to be on land to request your ride.
For pirates using Uber scooters, the scooter will slow down to a stop when entering shaded areas in the map above.
Uber said in these areas, riders will be required to walk the scooter back out to continue the ride or end the ride.
The “no riding zone” restrictions for scooters will be in effect from Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. to Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
Bird issued a statement to 8 On Your Side on Friday, saying they will be pausing scooter operations for Gasparilla.
“Safety is our number one priority at Bird and scooting after drinking is strictly forbidden. Scooters will not be allowed to operate in certain parts of the city per city guidance. Bird has made the decision to pause operations on January 25th and wants Tampa residents and visitors to have a fun and safe Gasparilla,” a Bird spokesperson said.
Lime sent the following steps it is taking for Gasparilla:
- “We will have a reduced fleet on Saturday and will comply with the city’s directives when it comes to geofencing areas closest to the event.
- Our operations team will actively monitor areas near the edge of the geofenced area to be on the lookout for drunk riding and to retrieve any uncharged scooters as soon as possible.
- We will have a feature in our app that prompts anyone attempting to ride a scooter after 10pm to affirm they are not under the influence and are able to drive as a deterrent to drunk riding.
- Additionally, we’ve sent several push notifications to all Tampa-based riders in the past few days to remind them not to ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”
Riders are reminded that the Tampa Riverwalk and 7th Avenue sidewalks between Nuccio Parkway to North 22nd Street and Bayshore Boulevard sidewalks are always “no ride” zones.
Lyft is partnering with Captain Morgan and providing $20,000 in Lyft Ride Smart credits.
All Lyft users 21 and older can use the code “CAPTAINMORGAN20” To receive $20 off their ride fare on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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