Scooting to Class

Slate – September 7, 2018

As college students head back to school, electric scooter companies want to help them get to class. Colleges and universities are among the latest points of interest for e-scooter operators, which have taken major cities across the country by storm after deploying the dockless scooters—sometimes unannounced. They’ve developed a reputation for littering streets, creating safety hazards, and even threatening to call the police on riders who don’t pay. San Francisco and Nashville both issued cease-and-desist letters until officials and scooter operators agreed on how the companies can operate. The University of Minnesota modeled its agreement with Bird and Lime after the city of Minneapolis’ license with scooter companies. As part of an ongoing four-month pilot program underway in Minneapolis, Bird and Lime will pay the city $20 per scooter, place no more than 200 scooters in the first two months, and will remove the devices by winter, according to the Star Tribune.

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