Electric scooter rentals do not come to Battle Ground

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Electric scooter rentals won’t come to Battle Ground after all.

City officials were told on Tuesday that their deal with electric scooter rental service Bird would not go ahead.

Battle Ground City Council had just voted to approve a memorandum of understanding with the e-scooter supplier on July 5. But due to the economy, Bird decided to cut investments, affecting the deal, according to a statement from the city of Battle Ground. .

“Given this decision came so soon after City Council voted to move forward with the deal, Bird has not begun work on the infrastructure necessary to implement its plan. service,” the statement read. “As such, no additional City staff time or resources have been devoted to this proposal.”

The city would have been the first in the county to offer “dockless” electric scooter rentals. Bird scooters, unlike Vancouver’s Zoot Scoot rentals, would not need to be left in a certain location, but instead could be left in a designated area.

The memorandum of understanding was passed unanimously by the city council and the company had planned to bring 75 scooters to the city. Initial discussions about introducing Bird to Battle Ground began at the board meeting on April 18.

“We are committed to helping people replace car journeys with eco-friendly and efficient journeys powered by micromobility,” a company spokesperson said in an email to the Columbian just a day before the city announced. not be informed that the agreement would not go forward. “Battle Ground felt like a natural place for us to partner with the city and its people to minimize car use and encourage a mode shift to lower-carbon transportation alternatives.”

Bird was launched in 2017 and operates in over 400 cities around the world. In June, however, the company laid off 23% of its workforce – around 400 employees – as part of cost-cutting measures. In the same month, Bird Global Inc. was notified by the New York Stock Exchange that it was not in compliance with the Handbook for Publicly Traded Companies because the average closing price of the company’s Class A common stock was less than $1 over a consecutive 30-day period. negotiation period. BRDS stock closed at 46 cents on July 15.

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