Bird Scooters will no longer operate on Country Club Plaza

Marco Green
August 10, 2018

A resident of Santa Monica, California, posted a startling image on Twitter this week comparing scores of abandoned Bird electric scooters to the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds". The Plaza's general manager, Meredith Keeler, said because the Plaza is a public space, the city was within its rights to allow Bird in the shopping district.

City spokesman Chris Hernandez, however, said the no-ride edict was a business decision made by Bird.

"The City was not directly involved in the conversation", he said in an email.

The Plaza's management said the Bird ban is because of safety incidents that prompted several complaints.

The startups have run into trouble with officials in several United States cities for dumping their wares into new locations without asking first. "After city officials passed along this feedback, Bird reached out to plaza management and proactively made the Plaza a no ride zone".

Keeler declined to provide details about the safety incidents.

Officials with Kansas City said they're letting Bird and the Plaza work out the issue among themselves.

However it happened, the news sparked concern among Bird fans.

The decision came just days after the city announced an agreement with Bird to allow them to operate no more than 500 scooters.

Since the interim operating agreement was signed last month, the city authorized Bird's request to add 250 more scooters. They got a maximum of 15 mph, last 15 miles on a charge and are only available during the day. Riders can rent a scooter through an app on their smartphone and drop it off anywhere in the city when they are finished.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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