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Scooters return to Cleveland today on trial basis

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 12:56:27-04

CLEVELAND — Bird, which is one of the four selected eScooters allowed on city streets, returned to Cleveland today.

The scooters are available in downtown Cleveland, Ohio City and Tremont. Users can locate the scooters through the Bird mobile app.

The scooters are part of the dockless eScooter and bike share program that will operate in Cleveland on a six-month trial basis. The other scooters expected to join Bird are Lime, Spin and VeoRide, all of which are in the middle of completing the permit process.

The scooters are coming to the streets on a trial basis only, so city officials can measure the safety of the scooters and evaluate the impacts of eScooters in Cleveland.

Parking info:

The dockless scooters have designated parking to comply with city laws to make sure the roads stay clear for traffic.

When ending a ride, riders should look at the sidewalk or on the vendor's smartphone app for a nearby designated scooter and bike parking area. Riders can park the scooters in the "furniture zone," which is the area between the curb and the walkway where there may already be trash cans, bus stops, benches and bike racks.

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Scooters will begin popping up in Cleveland.

Some helpful tips for riders:

  • Under city regulations, scooter vendors are required to deactivate the devices between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Wear a helmet; permitted vendors are required to give you a free helmet upon request.
  • Follow traffic laws, including stopping when the traffic light is red.
  • Ride at least three feet from the curb so you are in the line of sight of other road users.

Riders who use the scooters are asked to give their feedback through an online survey located here.