ChattaScooter expands downtown e-scooter network

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Clark Dunn rides an e-scooter at Adventure Sport Innovation near Coolidge Park on Chattanooga's North Shore.

A Chattanooga business is expanding downtown area electric scooter rentals and providing pickup and drop-off coverage in the North Shore, Southside, and next to the Riverwalk.

ChattaScooter has plans to include more sites to rent and drop off the e-scooters early next year, such as around the Tennessee Aquarium and UTC, said Carolina Molloy, co-owner of Adventure Sports Innovation.

"We understand the ban on dockless scooters," she said about the city's regulations. "This meets existing guidelines."

In February, the City Council indefinitely banned controversial dockless electric scooter companies from coming to Chattanooga after some had expressed interest.

Many municipalities had reported problems with dumped and junked vehicles, riders speeding along on sidewalks instead of streets and increased numbers of accidents.

Molloy said that ChattaScooter is different because the stand-up scooters can only be rented and dropped off at the company's locations.