Santa Monica Could Soon Ban Bird and Lime E-Scooters

By Kaycee Ikeonu | United States

Bird and Lime, two popular e-scooter ride-sharing companies in Santa Monica, could be banned in the city, depending on the outcome of a meeting that will occur this Tuesday at 5:00 PM, local time. The decision arose after a small committee decided to give the e-scooter market share to two car-based corporations, Uber and Lyft.

The Bird team compared the decision to “giving Exxon and BP Oil a monopoly on Solar power”. Basically, this means that these two car-based corporations are simply not as efficient, sustainable or popular as Bird. Moreover, neither Uber nor Lyft have any experience in the e-scooter business, which is another reason both e-scooter companies find the possible decision appalling.   

The proposed decision has not been popular amongst Bird and Lime users. There have been various protests all over west L.A. against the decision. Lime, for example, emailed its customers, asking them to go outside City Hall right before the meeting to protest the possible ban. Bird, as well, has started various petitions, which could potentially influence the decision.

This isn’t the first time that the companies have faced threats. Bird and Lime have both been bombarded with safety concerns. Critics say that most riders ride recklessly: that most of them don’t wear helmets, they ride on the sidewalks and ride double, even though the e-scooters are meant for one. There have also been various reports of near-accidents or legitimate accidents like the one described here.

Bird and Lime e-scooters as of today, August 14th, have been disabled. They might never be turned on again, depending on the outcome of the meeting.

So who do you support, the vote of the consumers, or the bureaucracy of this small committee?

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1 thought on “Santa Monica Could Soon Ban Bird and Lime E-Scooters”

  1. Bird and Lime and their callous riders brought this on themselves through their selfish actions and dangerous behavior. So BAN them until proper regulations force these vulture capitalist companies that dumped thousands of them out into our community without permission or proper regulations, to follow basic laws and commonsense. Until then, motorized scooters and the ones who ride them (and dump them) on public sidewalks deserve whatever abuse they get. Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, El Segundo are just the beginning.

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