RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond sent Bird, a California-based company that provides electric vehicle sharing for people, a cease and desist letter to stop scooters being dropped off around the City.
The notice says the scooters are a nuisance on sidewalks and streets and could cause a danger to people’s health and safety.
Still, the company doesn’t seem to be listening as Bird Scooters are still popping up all over Richmond.
“I love its convenience,” said VCU student Darren Johnson. “I love how they happen to be on every corner in a college campus.”
Even though they are not allowed, the City says Bird has been dumping the scooters illegally and they’re trying to restrict them.
“Bird to the gym, bird to the library, bird anywhere I want to,” Johnson told 8News.
Convenient and cheap, you can rent and drop off the scooters virtually anywhere.
“If I’m late to class and I see a bird scooter, I get so happy,” Allen Shieh, another VCU student said.
Students who spoke with 8News said they believe the company should work with the city so they’re legal and safe for riders.
“It’s not really fair for companies to be in a city where they don’t really follow all the rules,” Shieh said.
Sarah Danial, another student at VCU, also spoke with 8News about the scooters.
“I’ve seen VCU and Richmond Police putting them up and loading them in cars like large amounts,” Danial told 8News.
Mayor Levar M. Stoney says he wants to get the electric scooters rolling again but the right way.
Stoney’s proposal requires dock less scooter or bike companies to apply for a permit, provide both customer service and safety procedures for riders and tell them where they can park.
“I would love if Bird was kept in the city,” Shieh said.
“I just love being able to get to point A and B as fast and cheap as possible,” Johnson told 8News.
Mayor Stoney’s proposal will be discussed on Oct. 16 by the City Council committee.