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Bird ban lifted on the Plaza

Posted at 12:37 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 13:37:54-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The ban on Bird scooters on the Country Club Plaza has been lifted, the company said Thursday.

It had previously instated a “No Ride Zone” in the area due to “safety incidents” that “resulted in numerous customer and tenant complaints,” according to Plaza management. 

Thursday, Bird said it had resumed operation on the Plaza after conversations with Plaza and Plaza-area business representatives and owners in regards to rider education.

“In an effort to help promote safety on the Plaza, Bird has invited Plaza ownership to partner on a helmet giveaway event and offered to deploy Safety Ambassadors in the area. These Ambassadors will educate the community about proper Bird riding and parking, including the local rules that prohibit sidewalk riding. We look forward to continuing this open dialogue with our friends on the Plaza,” the company said in a statement to 41 Action News.

Through the Bird app, users can find and unlock electric scooters to ride and drop off nearly anywhere they please. Bird has been met with resistance in several cities due to safety concerns, but continues to expand throughout the U.S., writing on the company website, “We work closely with cities to help make transportation better and more environmentally friendly.”