Five Nashville police officers are using pint-sized, motorized scooters to patrol downtown, says the Tennessean. Sgt. Bill York said people “want to know if we did something with the big motorcycles. Are we downsizing?” Police say the are using the small vehicles to cover more ground while still navigating around traffic congestion. Officers say they’re about as maneuverable as a bicycle but much faster.
Police scooters also are in use in Memphis, where Beale Street merchants and the Memphis’ Center City Commission donated half of the 12 bikes to facilitate police patrols in the popular downtown district.