Bird voluntarily removes scooters from Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Bird is voluntarily removing its scooters from Milwaukee. 

The company announced the move Monday morning as they work to craft new operating framework with the city of Milwaukee.

In a joint news release, Bird and the City expressed their shared goals of creating a community that embraces innovation and includes more transportation options.

Last week, The Milwaukee Common Council approved a proposal which gives city officials the authority to seize electric Bird scooters from public streets and sidewalks. 

The common council also approved a measure for dockless scooters like Bird, though it won’t take effect until the state legislature changes state law for motor vehicles on public streets.

As soon as clarification comes on the status of e-scooters, or the Wisconsin legislature and the governor remove state restrictions on e-scooters, city officials say they will work with Bird and other interested parties to add e-scooters to the city's transportation mix.

"We are an innovative and entrepreneurial city that is committed to meeting environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing economic growth," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the news release. "We are committed to working with Bird to develop a program that meets regulatory requirements as well as the needs of people living and working in Milwaukee."

"Following a few weeks of productive conversations with city officials, our teams are joining forces so that Bird can be an affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option for the people of Milwaukee," said David Estrada, Bird's head of Public Affairs and Chief Legal Officer in the news release. "We are thankful to have the opportunity to work with Milwaukee City leaders and look forward to bringing Birds back to residents who have already come to enjoy and benefit from this new mode of transportation."

When the Birds return, the company says they have committed to supporting the Milwaukee Police Department by providing extensive rider education to the people of Milwaukee and holding regular safety events in the city.

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