City officials say they were not contacted by Californian electric scooter company Bird until the scooters appeared on the streets on Friday.
PROVIDENCE – How many birds have you seen on the streets of downtown lately? ? There were at least 50 more in the city on Friday but they are not flying. These birds are electric scooters.
"I think it's a great idea," said Estevie Hidalgo, a Cranston resident who checked out some scooters near the Trinity Repertory Company on Washington Street. "Sometimes you just want to run around … Now you can jump on one and see the city."
Bird is an electric scooter company based in California ̵
Friday it was unclear how many bird scooters were available in Providence, but their arrival was unexpected by city officials.
"We just started communicating with the company today," said Victor Morente, spokesman for Mayor Jorge Elorza. "In addition, I do not have much."
This seems to have been the case in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts, where the scooters appeared unannounced on Friday.
This seems to have been Bird's strategy in several cities across the country in recent months. The company has faced up to many of the communities in which it has released scooters unannounced, in at least one case, with omission and omission instructions citing security and legal concerns.
In Providence, the residents were curious about the scooters on Friday.
"As long as people respect them and bring them where they should be, I think that's a really good idea," said Kristin Gaudreau. "It's cheap too."
Gaudreau said she also plans to become a charger and bring the scooters home at night to recharge the batteries, which earn up to $ 100 a night.
"I do not think it's too much a question that the city was not warned," she added. "The only thing I think would be a problem if they set up charging stations."
"That's great because it gives you something to do," Hidalgo said. "If you see that such a thing comes up for its citizens, it makes you proud of your city."
Bird did not respond to several requests for comments.
With reports from the Associated Press.
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