Bye Bye Birdie: Bird Scooters Issued Cease and Desist by City of Charleston

August 7, 2018, 11:08 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — On Saturday, an electric vehicle ride share kicked off a pilot program here in the Lowcountry. And, just as quickly as they arrived, they disappeared.

Testing its fleet of dock-free, low-speed electric scooters, ‘Bird Rides’ dropped off a number of vehicles they hoped would bring an environmentally friendly transportation solution to the community.

But on Monday the City of Charleston served them with a cease and desist letter. They said the scooters are illegal here, and if one is found in a public right-of-way it will be impounded by the Charleston Police Department.

Bird Rides said the vehicles should be used as an alternative to regular motor vehicle traffic. They would be accessed via a smartphone app and parked at designated “nesting” spots.

The scooters would cost $1 to start and $.015 per minute following.

Although the scooters are being used in more than two dozen cites, the company is facing pushback from cities around the country over the concept.