“Over the last eight months, three California companies have launched similar versions of dockless scooters in major cities across the U.S. from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., promising to ease traffic and smog.
According to Santa Monica’s deputy city manager Anuj Gupta, Bird launched in the city by dumping hundreds of scooters on Santa Monica streets with little warning and no approval.
According to California law, scooter riders must wear a helmet, have a driver’s licence, stay off sidewalks, and ride solo. Too often, Gupta says, riders are breaking one or more of those laws. And at the end of their rides, many are leaving their scooters haphazardly, often blocking sidewalks.”
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