Although the city of Milwaukee is taking legal action against Bird Rides Inc., people are driving around town with these scooters.
Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The sight of someone slipping by A bird's scooter has become more prevalent in Milwaukee – even as the fight between the scooter-sharing company and the city heats up.

Deputy City Councilor Adam Stephens declared the electric scooter in a late letter for June illegally, writing that drivers would receive a $ 98.80 quote. On 6 July, Milwaukee filed a lawsuit against Bird Rides Inc. and its founder, Travis Vanderzanden, for refusing to cease operations, and a week later, Bird's attorneys successfully sued the case in federal court.

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In the most recent development this week, the bird scooters could come off the road within weeks. On Wednesday, the Public Works Committee of the Municipal Council recommended a decree banning the scooters and authorizing their seizure. Lawyers emphasized the illegality of the scooters and outlined risks associated with the scooters, including helmet use and liability issues.

If the state determines that scooters are legal, the committee recommended setting up a scooter pilot program. These measures will be considered by the General Council on 31 July and, if approved, by Mayor Tom Barrett.

Outside the dispute and despite all the efforts of the city, Bird is flourishing. It has leased its scooters more than 6,900 times in Milwaukee, according to court documents, and it has just raised $ 300 million in its most recent round of financing. This raises its valuation to a whopping $ 2 billion, Reuters reports.

What Residents Say

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, almost three weeks after Bird dropped off his scooter in Milwaukee for the first time, you could drive around downtown

"I did not even know they were illegal "said Josh Sopa, riding a scooter near Veterans Park.

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Carolyn Gambill (left) from Milwaukee and her sister Jeannie Cleveland, who traveled from Boulder, Colorado, are leaving on Monday nearby Veteran Park in Milwaukee by scooter. [Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Sopa said he had used the scooters at least 10 times since they were available and had not been issued a ticket.

"It's a good way to get around, it's especially handy for my friend, who does three jobs and uses them as a means of transport between jobs," Sopa said.

Riding along West Wisconsin Avenue on the way to work, Aric Agabekov commented similarly.

"I know it's illegal, but I'm not worried about getting a ticket, I've passed a few police officers, and I've got a lot of friends driving them," he said. "It also saves money, it's fast, and it's more fun than cycling."

Agabekov believes that last week Bird unloaded more scooters in the city and expanded its operations.

Reese Vanselow and Steve Belling, While walking around a scooter during lunch break, they also noticed an increase in scooters.

"It looks like there are many more," Vanselow said, adding that he hoped Bird would not overburden the city. "In San Francisco, these scooters are like garbage because they are lying around everywhere."

The police do not seem to give any quotes

Of the 10 people with whom the Journal Sentinel spoke, no one had received quotes or I heard from someone who got a quote for a scooter.

Some noticed that the police saw them riding and did nothing to stop them.

The police did not comment on the quotes. When she was asked for a comment, the Milwaukee Police Department spokeswoman spoke to Sgt. Sheronda Grant wrote: "I have no information on whether quotes were issued for the Byrd (sic) scooter or not."

Alderman Robert Bauman expressed his lack of interest in punishing the drivers on Wednesday.

"This company has no objections if the customer pays the price". he said. "But I'm not in favor of spending tickets for everyone."

Milwaukee residents seem to have picked up on the lack of enforcement.

Louise, an Italian downtown restaurant, said the entire staff took the scooters around the block early Tuesday morning for a round.

"It was an explosion," said fellow Anthony Dominski with a big grin. I can not really imagine a policeman following us.

Joel Bruecker, who picked up a scooter in front of the restaurant, said he was not worried either

"If you want to enforce the ban, they should just get rid of the city," he said.

So What exactly are the rules?

Bird has four rules on the bottom of each scooter: Drivers must be over 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, stay away from the sidewalk and not drive double. [19659013] But in his There are many more rules in the user agreement, and it encourages drivers to abide by the helmet laws in the area, to park wheelchairs in public areas, and to be sober while driving.

He also claims that the drivers "obey all laws regarding the use of … the vehicle". "Including all" state and local laws, rules and regulations. "

A confusing command from a company that repeats the state rec ht hurt, according to the city of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee argues in his lawsuit that bird scooters "motor vehicles" that do not meet federal safety standards and are not registered in the state of Wisconsin violate Wisconsin Law 341.04.

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RELATED: Nashville to Bird: Remove all scooters from city rights by the end of Wednesday or landfill of landfills [19659012] The Public Works Committee emphasized that the city could not lift its ban because of the illegal use of scooters. In the meantime, the regulation will give them the power to confiscate the scooters, Bauman said, "… [ing] put a structure into the process of dealing with these things on the road."

Bird does not agree with the city, arguing that scooters are designed for use on the road as well as bicycles, and should be regulated accordingly.

"Scooters, like birds, are neither defined nor prohibited by the law of Wisconsin or Milwaukee … As such, we believe that Milwaukee can immediately proceed with a pilot program," says Bird.

"However, the temporary removal of birds from the streets of Milwaukee would have unfortunate effects on this increasingly popular transportation mode. This option, which has grown so much in the city to reduce its reliance on short-drive cars, is effectively being eliminated . "

The company's scooter dumping strategy has triggered similar responses from cities across the country, including San Fran, Cisco, which recently removed the scooters, and Nashville, Tennessee, which issued an injunction order and seized over 250 scooters.

The newest destination, New York City, simply has no room for scooters, the New York Times reports. A city spokesman for the city said they are illegal according to the Times article, though it is not enforced.

In response to Milwaukee's complaint, a bird speaker wrote:

California's LimeBike uses motorless and motorless bicycles and scooters. (Photo: LimeBike)

And what about Lime?

Similar to Bird, Lime is worth a dockless bike share and scooter share startup worth over a billion dollars. But unlike Vogel, lime has spent the last few months the city feeling out before the start

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The company presented Milwaukee's startup and tech communities in April at an event hosted by Milwaukee and on May 4, a happy hour to test scooters and motorcycles.

"We do not just want to show up," a Lime representative told the Journal Sentinel in April. "We want to make sure that – we turn up, we're wanted."

If Lime came to Milwaukee, it would probably only offer scooters, a spokesman recently said.

Lime is watching the lawsuit against Bird because the decision of the Federal Court would affect his own scooter sharing operation.

The operators of the locally operated Bublr motorcycles are also looking at the scooter developments. Bublr bikes use docking stations and the non-profit service has over 87 stations in the city and more suburbs RELATED .: Bublr Bikes Fundraiser stages is working to build support, such as LimeBike Milwaukee holds

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