Electric scooters for rent now welcome on Louisville streets

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Bird already operates in more than 20 cities across the country, including Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.

CLEVELAND- The electric scooter-sharing service Bird has landed in Cleveland. "After safety incidents resulted in numerous customer and tenant complaints, Bird is pausing its operations until we can assess whether scooters are the right addition to our pedestrian-heavy district", Keeler said.

City spokesman Chris Hernandez, however, said the no-ride edict was a business decision made by Bird.

The electric-scooter startup model involves dropping hundreds of dockless scooters into a city and then hoping people will use them.

FOX4 also reached out to Bird, and a spokesperson said they contacted city officials and made the Plaza a no-ride zone.

Keeler declined to provide details about the safety incidents.

"They throw them everywhere: in the ocean, in the sand, in the trash can", said Robert Johnson Bey, a Venice Beach maintenance worker who regularly comes across scooter parts on the Venice Beach boardwalk, Speedway and adjoining alleys.

However it happened, the news sparked concern among Bird fans.

Bird pulled out of Louisville, Kentucky, a day after launching because it put scooters into the city without first asking officials.

Since the interim operating agreement was signed last month, the city authorized Bird's request to add 250 more scooters.

But cities including Salt Lake City, Denver, San Francisco and Milwaukee have been trying to ban the scooters until terms can be worked out.

As far as distance is concerned, the scooters can go up to 15 miles on a single charge. Riders can rent a scooter through an app on their smartphone and drop it off anywhere in the city when they are finished.

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