Several Bird scooter “nests” were spotted throughout Louisville July 19 but have since been removed. The scooters are expected to return this week. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

The Bird scooters that descended upon Louisville last week were removed from the streets by the company to honor discussions with the city. However, the company anticipates putting commuters back on Birds as early as this week.

“We look forward to working closely with the city on their permitting process so that Bird can be a reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option for the community,” a company representative said via email.

The scooters first made an appearance on July 19 and received positive attention from the public. In other cities, Bird appeared to use the same introductory tactic. In Nashville, the scooters were placed around downtown but only lasted two days before the city issued a cease and desist.

Late Friday, city officials in Louisville issued a statement saying that Bird agreed to remove the scooters as the city and company officials worked toward an agreement that included a bond, insurance agreement and indemnification for Louisville Metro Government.

“The city is very pleased that Bird has chosen to cease their operations while we continue our discussions to make the use of Bird scooters safe for all our residents,” according to the statement. “The city is excited to soon welcome this innovative, sustainable multimodal transportation option to our city for use by residents and tourists alike.”

By Monday, no scooters were visible from the location feature on the app, which previously showed several scooters in the area as of July 20. The Bird spokeswoman said the company anticipated the scooters could return to Louisville as soon as this week.

Bird scooters are motorized standing scooters, which can be found and rented through a mobile app. Users are suggested to ride the scooters in bike lanes when available and park them at a bike rack or out-of-the-way of pedestrians. Several cities fear the scooters could create a public safety risk. 

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Rebekah Alvey
Louisville native, Alvey is currently pursuing a journalism and Arabic major at Western Kentucky University. In the fall she will be returning to the College Heights Herald as News Editor and previously covered administration and academics on campus. She spent the past five months studying in Aarhus, Denmark, at the Danish School of Media and Journalism where she covered the European Union, abortion laws and world politics. While she loved traveling around Europe for a semester, she is excited to be back and reporting in Louisville.