Although Bird electric scooters are already dispersed across Providence, the city said it will begin a year-long scooter-sharing pilot August 17th.
The new policy calls for companies like Bird to get city approval before dropping the scooters. It also requires $1 per day per scooter paid to the city, that can help pay for bike lanes and sidewalks.
Other requirements include ‘tip-over’ sensors that let the company know when a scooter needs to be picked up, and supplying the city with liability insurance.
Bird tells its customers to ride in the street, but the city's policy allows scooters to operate on sidewalks. Sarah Mitchell from the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition said that has been an issue.
"A major concern that I’ve seen out there and that’s getting a lot of public backlash right now is that people are riding these scooters on the sidewalk. However, we don’t have good bike infrastructure. Our bike network is incomplete," said Mitchell.
Providence is capping the total number of scooters at 300.
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