By Ben Miller : govtech – excerpt
The e-scooter company Bird’s offering is tailored toward some of the exact complaints of cities like San Francisco and San Jose.
First, the companies came in and deployed fleets of electric scooters on the street for anybody to ride with the touch of a button.
Next, the complaints started to bubble to the surface: Riders were being unsafe. They were leaving scooters in the way of pedestrians on the sidewalk. The companies weren’t asking permission from city governments to operate.
Then the cities started pushing back. Some created a new permit for scooters and made the companies promise to follow rules and encourage safe riding. Some enacted temporary bans… (more)