Councilman: Bird should be responsible for damages from misuse of scooters

Councilman: Bird should be responsible for damages from misuse of scooters
Bird electric scooters have arrived in Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Councilman David Mann has created a motion that the electric scooter company, Bird, should cover any damage suffered from misuse.

The motion would require Bird to cover damages including riding on sidewalks, sidewalk obstruction, running red lights and failure to yield to pedestrians.

"Bird is a profitmaking activity which has landed here for one purpose, to make money for someone. Profit is fine but the damage inflicted by any enterprise must be assumed by the business, not an innocent public.

"My personal observation is that a huge proportionate of the Birds are being used in violation of the basic guidelines - on sidewalks, in pedestrian crosswalks or violating traffic signals. Some people have already sustained injury. Others will follow.

To ride - just find a scooter throughout OTR and downtown, download the app, plug in your credit card and driver's license information and confirm you're at least 18-years-old.

Several cities have banned them, citing safety concerns and a lack of planning by the company.

The scooters were discontinued in Cleveland after a fatal accident.

Bird launched in Cincinnati on July 26.

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