Louisville Metro Government and scooter company Bird have reached a 30-day agreement, allowing access to no more than 100 scooters starting Thursday, Aug. 9.
On the day of the release, Bird will host a riding demonstration and helmet giveaway for the city at Fourth Street Live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
According to the agreement, the Scooters are only accessible in an area defined by Louisville Metro. The area is bound by the Ohio River to the north and west and the Watterson Expressway to the east and south. Any Bird Scooter found outside this area will be considered a violation of the agreement, and Bird will pay $100 per Scooter found outside of the zone, the contract states.
When Bird scooters showed up in other cities, concerns were raised about parking issues and the potential obstruction of public walkways and sidewalks. To help alleviate those possible problems, the agreement states that Bird and Louisville Metro will continue to coordinate throughout the 30 days to identify designated parking areas for the scooters.
Bird will propose a weekly list of the daily locations of possible “nests,” which is where scooters are initially stored and recharged. The city will review and approve the list.
The agreement states the scooters must be deployed before 6:00 a.m. daily and retrieved and placed in Nests by “sunset” each day. Failure to do so would be a breach of the agreement.
The agreement also outlines specific parking regulations for the scooters. If there is a breach in the agreement, Bird could face consequences, including not being able to request an operating permit from the city for up to two years. The punishment will depend on the severity of the breach, according to the agreement.
Louisville Metro holds the right to renew or terminate the agreement.
Bird scooters first made a Louisville debut July 19 but were quickly removed at the request of the city on July 23. Birds are standing, motorized scooters that can be found and rented through a mobile app.