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Milwaukee reaches settlement with electric scooter company

12 May 2019

The California-based company removed its scooters from Milwaukee streets last August in an agreement with the city to bring them back once a regulatory framework was in place.

Bird scooters first arrived in MA in 2018, when it abruptly planted its electric devices around Greater Boston without notice.

The city will begin working on the pilot program in coming weeks but likely won't start accepting permit applications until the fall with scooters hitting the streets early next year, according to the mayor's office. Second, she cited safety concerns, marked by an increase in injuries from e-scooters that health officials in the United States have dubbed a "public health crisis". Bike and scootershare providers have been known to require riders to waive their rights to sue companies, leaving cities open to lawsuits.

"The community has been clear that they are ready for Seattle to join the e-scooter movement", said Paul Steely White, Bird director of safety policy and advocacy, "and we are thrilled that Mayor Durkan has signaled she is ready to do just that".

Reportedly, Bird One is equipped with a battery created to last more than 4x longer in the shared space, last twice as long and cover a longer range.

Bird Scooters are available for presale now.

The new scooters come with a one-year warranty, access to Bird service centers, Global Positioning System tracking and a "digital lock", but no physical anti-theft features.

Travis VanderZanden, CEO, Bird, reportedly stated that the company has developed Bird One on the learnings and benefits of Bird Zero and is predicted to last for well over a year in the sharing environment. The company brands the Bird One as the "industry's most comfortable ride" thanks to custom-designed wheels that can take on different types of terrain.

The new scooters are rolling out in the Los Angeles market first, joining the company's shared, dockless fleet beginning Wednesday, Bird announced. The company says it is the only e-scooter available for purchase that offers this in-app technology.

Milwaukee reaches settlement with electric scooter company