NEW: Bird Scooters Back in Providence - Lime Scooters Arrive
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Both Bird scooters and now Lime scooters have been spotted on city streets this week, after the City of Providence implemented regulations more than two months ago to oversee vendors.
As GoLocal reported on August 15, "Bird Scooters Pulled From Providence Streets:"
Providence streets and sidewalks have been clear of Bird scooters following the introduction of the City of Providence's regulation pilot program on Friday.
A representative from the Bird rider support helpline confirmed the decision Tuesday morning, saying the scooters have been removed from city streets while the company works with the city on the permits. There is currently no set date for their return, though the representative said it would hopefully be "soon."
Bird scooters had originally appeared in Providence in July -- unannounced -- before the City of Providence announced the regulations.
August's launch of the one-year pilot program allows for a total of 300 electric scooters in the city. A fee of $1 per scooter, per day --paid in full, up-front-- is required, as well as a $50 endowment fee on each for maintenance and property repairs.
The pilot program also outlines rules for rider safety, including a requirement for a valid driver's license or municipal ID. Scooters can be ridden on sidewalks or streets, and riders are encouraged to go slow and wear a helmet. On the street, riders are required to follow all rules of the road and obey traffic regulations.
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