KCPD said riders can be ticketed for violations like riding on the sidewalk.
“They are not to be ridden on the sidewalk because they can be a problem for pedestrians. They can go up to 15 miles per hour, and they won't have time to get out of the way or an operator would not have time to stop and avoid injury to themselves or the pedestrian,” said Sgt. Jake Becchina.
Officers said the scooter is under 50ccs, meaning you don’t legally have to wear a helmet but they are suggested. Bird also requires you to wear a helmet.
The app scans your driver’s license before use. We talked with a personal injury attorney about the risks.
“I think the most important thing you need to do is look at the rules of the road for two-wheel vehicles. That left turn in front of a scooter or motorcycle takes out 50 percent of people. If you know that piece of information you are better off,” said James Roswold with Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys.
Roswold said never scan your license and let someone else drive.
Kee said he will continue to ride, but safety is important.
“They are a little less visible than bikes. Some people do get a little close, but it’s the risk,” said Kee.
Bird has not formally met with the city. 41 Action News is told that meeting will happen soon.