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City issues cease & desist letter to bird scooters

Officials express desire to reach agreement, protect right-of-way

FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno has issued a cease-and-desist letter to Bird Rides Inc. (Bird) and given them until Sunday, September 9, 2018 to remove all of their scooters from the City until an operating policy and a business agreement can be reached.

Bird, a Santa Monica, CA based company that provides dockless electric motorized scooters for public use, did not officially approach City officials to get the proper permissions and licenses, establish a public policy, and create a framework that ensures proper safety and access measures prior to establishing operations in Fresno. The City issued the cease-and-desist order on August 29, 2018 and has had ongoing discussions with Bird to resolve this issue.

“If you want to use the public right-of-way, you have to operate in the public interest,” said Assistant City Manager Jim Schaad.

Bird has been accused of using similar “ask forgiveness instead of permission” tactics in virtually every city in which they have established operations. In response, cities such as San Diego, Boston, Nashville, and Kansas City have either issued cease and desist letters, placed restrictions on their use, or banned them entirely.