Electric scooters for rent now welcome on Louisville streets

Lloyd Doyle
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 question of who chose to pull the plug triggered a several hours of confusion Wednesday.

Meredith Keeler, the General Manager of the Country Club Plaza, said the decision was made after safety incidents were reported.

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

After Hernandez issued his statement, Keeler said she misspoke and agreed that the decision to pause operations in the Plaza was Bird's.

Bird pulled out of Louisville, Kentucky, a day after launching because it put scooters into the city without first asking officials.

"Representatives contacted city officials about Bird's presence in Plaza".

"We look forward to testing our affordable transportation option with the people and communities of Cleveland, as they recognize the need for an accessible and reliable transit system", a Bird spokesperson said.

Since the interim operating agreement was signed last month, the city authorized Bird's request to add 250 more scooters.

Bird users locate the scooters with an Uber-style smartphone app, pay $1 to unlock them and then 15 cents per minute until they reach their destination.

As far as distance is concerned, the scooters can go up to 15 miles on a single charge.

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