Columbia agrees to terms with scooter startups Bird, Pony

The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 in favor of an agreement with electric scooter companies Bird and Pony, despite residents voicing concerns about safety issues posed by the dockless scooters.

Under the agreement, the companies will pay $1 per day for every scooter they operate in the city. That matches the contours of agreements the scooter startups have reached with other cities, including Kansas City.

Bird will have an initial fleet of 500 scooters. Pony, which is set to launch in Columbia in January, will start with a fleet of 250. Lime, which also has scooters in Columbia, was not included in the agreement.

The deal also calls for all riders to wear helmets, not exceed 15 mph, and not operate the scooters in inclement weather.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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