Dockless scooters prohibited from Kansas City shopping area

Aug 9, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City shopping district has banned the use of new dockless electric scooters in the area because of safety issues. The Kansas City Star reports that users of the Bird scooter rentals were notified Wednesday not to ride or drop off in the Country Club Plaza.

Kansas City struck a six-month deal with California-based Bird Rides Inc. last week to put a limited number of electric scooters on the city's streets. The move came after the company dropped about 100 scooters into the city without notice or clearance.

Plaza general manager Meredith Keeler says safety incidents with scooters in the pedestrian-heavy district caused complaints. Bird Rides says the company proactively made the Plaza a no-ride zone. The company says it's working with city officials to operate within guidelines.

Information from: The Kansas City Star,