Vandals Target Electric Scooters in Southern California

Irving Hamilton
August 10, 2018

Environmentally friendly public transportation just got a whole lot more fun thanks to the arrival of Bird, a motorized rental scooter app that allows Clevelanders to fly around the city at up to 15 miles per hour easily.

For now, if you open the app to ride a Bird electric scooter in the Plaza, you'll see it's blocked out.

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

The electric-scooter startup model involves dropping hundreds of dockless scooters into a city and then hoping people will use them.

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After Hernandez issued his statement, Keeler said she misspoke and agreed that the decision to pause operations in the Plaza was Bird's. Kansas City police said Wednesday they were not aware of any Bird accidents in the area.

The startups have run into trouble with officials in several USA cities for dumping their wares into new locations without asking first.

"Very odd on both sides, bird and plaza", attorney Chris Brown tweeted.

The decision came just days after the city announced an agreement with Bird to allow them to operate no more than 500 scooters. Last week the city approved Bird's request to add 250 vehicles, bringing their total Kansas City fleet to 350. Riders can rent a scooter through an app on their smartphone and drop it off anywhere in the city when they are finished.

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