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Denver, take note: Bird's hometown strikes deal for electric scooter use

Both Bird and Lime scooters flew into Denver over the past three weeks with some controversy and confusion, as scooters left on sidewalks have been recently impounded by Denver Public Works.
Bird can keep its electric scooters on the streets of Santa Monica — with some fees and restrictions. COURTESY OF BIRD

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - With the proliferation of scooters in Silicon Beach over the past few months, Santa Monica wants to see if it can wrangle the electric vehicles — and make some money in the process. And Denver, which has seen a similar burst in electric scooter use, should take note.

The California beach town’s city council voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to start a 16-month pilot program on Sept. 17 that allows startups such as Santa Monica’s own Bird and Silicon Valley rival Lime to keep their shared scooters on the streets — with some fees and restrictions, reported the Los Angeles Times.

For starters, companies will have to apply for a permit and pay a $20,000 annual operator fee, plus a $130 annual charge per device.

There will be a cap on the number of companies that can deploy personal electric vehicles in the city: two for scooters and two for bikes. (Lime, which expanded its scooters to Silicon Beach just last week, has both types of vehicles.)

Read more about this at the Denver Business Journal.

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