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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bird Pulls Scooters From Cleveland as Talks Between City and Company Continue

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 10:18 AM

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Bird announced earlier today that it has voluntarily pulled all of its scooters out of Cleveland, a city not only unaccustomed to nice things, but one that actively works against them.

"We are voluntarily pausing our operations in Cleveland," a statement from the company read. "However, we have had productive conversations with Councilman Kerry McCormack and community members, and are hopeful that we will be able to collaborate with the City on their permitting process so that Bird can be a reliable, affordable, and environmentally friendly transportation option for the community."

Some officials had voiced safety concerns, and councilman Kerry McCormack said in a series of tweets this morning that, "I support @BirdRide’s decision to temporarily pull their scooters in #Cleveland. This is a good faith effort to allow for talks with the city on hammering out an agreement and guidelines for permanent operation. I expect those conversations to happen in a reasonable time frame. As a community we need to develop & support a comprehensive #transportation plan for Downtown and neighborhoods throughout #Cle. This should be inclusive and consider safe infrastructure for all modes of transportation."

Because when one thinks of a reasonable and informed body capable of making a good-faith timely decision, Cleveland city council immediately comes to mind.

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