Months after Tualatin officials signed off on a program to make some 50 electric scooters available throughout Tualatin for residents and commuters to rent, the company with whom they'd negotiated has pulled the plug.
Tualatin officials say that "due to unforeseen factors, Bird will no longer be pursuing their plan to launch as e-scooter pilot program in Tualatin."
In June, the Tualatin City Council gave the go-ahead to sign a one-year contract to have Bird launch a pilot program.
Initial plans had called for Bird to launch around 50 electric scooters throughout the city sometime in July. Those scooters would have been distributed in various areas such as downtown Tualatin near the Lake at the Commons, the Tualatin Public Library, TriMet's park-and-ride, and other locations.
"While Bird will not be launching in Tualatin in the coming weeks, the company hopes to bring its shared eco-friendly e-scooters to the city in the future," said Lily Gordon, a Bird spokesperson. "We are grateful to the city and residents of Tualatin for supporting a shared vision to make communities more livable."
Tualatin officials aren't giving up on the idea — popularized in West Linn, Portland and other cities — of having electric scooters widely available for use around town. They say they are now considering other alternative scooter programs.
"While we are disappointed that Bird won't be launching, the good news is we now have a framework that other providers can use to bring e-scooters to our community. Tualatin remains committed to improved transportation and environmental sustainability, and we'll continue working towards those goals through projects like our climate action plan and Tualatin Moving Forward," said Tualatin deputy public works director Nic Westendorf.
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