Citizens of Lincoln City noticed electric scooters on Lincoln City sidewalks Wednesday, but city government did not agree to the company’s pitch Monday.
Bird Rides, Inc. presented a plan Monday to the Lincoln City Council via Zoom, to put 75 electric scooters in the city. A Bird Rides representative, Michael Covato, said during Monday’s council meeting that a fleet manager would check on the scooters everyday, every couple of hours. He also said there were over 100 million rides last year. Covato explained the scooters were similar to bikes and would not be a nuisance and more of a benefit.
Councilor Rick Mark made a motion to have further discussion about multiple concerns made by other councilors and to direct staff to work with Bird on how to get scooters in Lincoln City. The motion failed with councilors Anne Marie-Skinner, Dianna Hinton, Riley Hoagland and Judy Casper voting nay.
“I appreciate the time. Thank you council,” Covato said. “Hopefully we can try again in a couple years.”
Bird scooters could be found on Lincoln City sidewalks in multiple locations Wednesday, raising posts from locals on social media.
Mayoral hopeful Susan Wahlke chimed in:
According to one city councilor, the council is looking at fining the company. If a fine were imposed, it would probably be for each scooter per day they remain on sidewalks.
Bird Rides allows people to rent scooters via an app which unlocks them and tells them how to ride. Riders are active with Bird in over 100 cities worldwide and the company recently signed a deal in Europe for 150 million to “help European cities recover.”
Homepage reached out to Bird, but the company did not respond for comment.