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Two pedestrians were hit – One sent to the emergency room – after a collision with a bird electric scooter Downtown.
The crash that occurred in the past week is believed to be the first injury collision with a Bird Roller site since the start of the Cincinnati business in July happened just after 2pm on Thursday, when Tara Williams and Melissa Scott returned to lunch after lunch n Returning to their office near Fountain Square The couple was on the zebra crossing at the intersection of Court Street and Race Street when they looked to the right and two scooters were approaching.
The first scooter blew right past them.
"You clearly have a red color light," Williams said.
The second scooter seemed to pay attention to the traffic instead of looking at where he was driving, Williams said. "Hey!" She screamed, and he flicked his head to see, but it was too late.
The driver pruned Scott on her right shoulder and threw them both off balance, Scott said. Then he clapped directly against Williams, rammed her to the ground and fell off his scooter.
Williams managed to sit up, but was still in the middle of the street.
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A birdspeaker did not specifically comment on Williams's case, but said in a written statement that safety has top priority for the company.
Bird requires drivers to scan a driver's license to rent a scooter company also offers free helmets for drivers. The scooters can travel up to 15 miles per hour.
"We are committed to working with all cities to ensure that the community and its visitors safely accept our affordable, green transportation options," the statement said.
"We strongly recommend reporting all occurrences of Bird Scooters. We have a security team available around the clock for questions and reports."
Williams said she phoned Bird on the weekend Report the Collision – 866-205-2442 –
After the crash, Scott and a spectator had to carry Williams to The Sidewalk
A second passer-by signaled a policeman and paramedics also responded to the scene. The police report states that the scooter was running the red light and that Williams and Scott were crossing the road on the crosswalk properly.
Williams missed a day and a half of work. She urgently looked at x-rays of chest, shoulder, arm, wrist and breastbone, she said. There does not seem to be any long term damage, but she is still sore and has bruises and rashes on her arm and knees.
She has called to companies in the area and tried to get security shots of the incident, but so far no luck, she said.
For them, it looked like both scooter riders were about 15 or 16 years old, younger than Bird's minimum requirement of 18 years.
"I'm angry," she said. "I think it should be easy, at least to find out who hired it, but whether I'm at the top of the list or not, I do not know."
Bird started in Cincinnati on July 26, but it's hard to say how it's done so far. The scooters seem to work well, and the drivers seem to really enjoy them.
Others, however, are concerned about how often the scooters are ridden on the sidewalk.
Bird does not share much and does not tell the media Even how many scooters are in the city in the game. But the program has been expanded at least once since its launch, adding scooters to Covington, and the reception here has been good, according to Bird's spokesman.
"In our short time here, we were inspired by how readily the Cincinnati community is to swap short car rides for bird rides," the spokesman said.
City Council P.G. Sittenfeld met with representatives of Bird on Monday morning. Sittenfeld is happy about the potential of the company, but is also worried. He wants a more solid approval framework and, more importantly, he cares about safety.
"That's not just," Oh, people's feelings are offended, "said Sittenfeld. "People's safety is jeopardized by scooters on the pavement.
" I'm thrilled that Bird is here. But I will also be clear about where to improve and where to improve. "
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