LAFAYETTE – Lafayette is about to give Bird electric scooters the boot after less than a month in town.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Bird Rides, the Santa Monica, California, company that dropped more than 100 of its electric scooters in Greater Lafayette unannounced in early September, the city warned it would start impounding the popular two-wheelers on Oct. 12.
The reason isn’t to get rid of the dockless scooters permanently.
“We’re actually excited about the opportunity to have them in Lafayette,” said Patty Payne, the city’s marketing director. “We understand that this is something some people really want.”
Instead, the city is asking Bird for time – possibly several months – to come up with regulations and a pilot program “to address all types of personal conveyance vehicles and sharing operations.”
“It’s been 3½ weeks, and they haven’t reached out once,” said Margy Deverall, the bike/pedestrian/mobility coordinator in Lafayette’s redevelopment office. “We feel we need time to work some things out.”