Kansas City strikes formal deal with scooter startup Bird

Kansas City has reached a six-month deal with Bird Rides, Inc. that will allow the scooter-sharing startup to have as many as 500 of its scooters on the city’s streets while generating revenue — and potentially user data — for the city.

Bird debuted in Kansas City in July without advance notice or regulatory approval. On Tuesday, the city and the California-based startup agreed to formal terms for the company to operate its network of app-enabled dockless electric scooters in town.

Bird will pay a standard $500 commercial fee, and it will pay $1 per day for every scooter it operates in the city. The city has also requested the company provide demographic information on its users.

Bird and other companies have taken a guerilla approach to launching operations in cities across the country, including across the state in St. Louis. They have been met by blowback in some places, but Kansas City officials signaled a willingness to make deals similar to the Bird arrangement with other scooter startups.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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