Scooter startup Bird makes short-lived St. Louis debut

Pump the brakes for just a minute on the electric scooter craze spreading to St. Louis.

Bird, a Los Angeles-based startup that lets users rent electric scooters through a mobile app, released dozens of its scooters in St. Louis on Thursday. But by day’s end, Bird had agreed to cage the scooters until it had obtained a city permit.

Bird is operating in about 20 markets, including Kansas City, and has been met by controversy in some of them.

On Thursday, St. Louis officials asked Bird to remove its scooters from the streets because the company was not registered with the city’s dockless vehicle program; the startup complied. The scooters could return as soon as next week, though, and will roll out in different neighborhoods based on demand, Bird said.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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