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Bird Sues Beverly Hills Over Scooter Ban

Posted Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30 pm

By Victoria Talbot

Bird Riders, Inc. is suing the City of Beverly Hills, the Beverly Hills City Council and the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) seeking an overturn of the City’s ban on e-scooters, restitution, attorney’s fees and the return of all impound fees, costs and expenses in a suit brought by O’Melveny & Meyers LLP.

“We are disappointed Bird has filed this lawsuit rather than addressing the safety problems that led to the adoption of our six-month prohibition on shared mobility devices,” said City Attorney Laurence Wiener. “At several public meetings, we heard testimony that these dockless scooters were consistently and illegally operated on the sidewalk posing a hazard to pedestrians. Also, they often blocked the public right-of-way when they were parked, making it almost impossible for seniors and the disabled to pass. That alone was sufficient to justify the temporary prohibition. Furthermore, the scooter riders almost always failed to wear helmets, thus endangering themselves in addition to the pedestrians. State law explicitly allows us to regulate these dockless scooters. We plan to continue to regulate them until we can work out the safety impacts. In the meantime, the City of Beverly Hills provides several mobility options in addition to traditional vehicles, most notably our shared bike program.”

For full story see the print edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, or download the e-edition.

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