The e-scooters will leave town next week. Bird did not see an 'enduring business model' in West Linn

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Bird scooters will leave West Linn next week. The escooters came to town two months ago. After two months in West Linn, the rentable Bird e-scooters will leave town next week.

The West Linn City Council decided to launch a year-long trial with the e-scooter company in June but was quickly met with concerns about the program, particularly from the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Nearly two weeks after the implementation of the program, the scooter company instituted "no-ride" zones around two West Linn schools following damage caused by a scooter at West Linn High School.

"It's been fun, but Bird doesn't see an immediate path to an enduring business model in West Linn or nearby cities like Tualatin at this time, and it's become clear that some of our residents would prefer to see them elsewhere," the city of West Linn wrote on social media. "The City is eager to continue pursuing its climate and sustainability goals in other ways, and we thank Bird and West Linn residents for embracing this trial period."

In June, the city of Tualatin decided to enter a similar year-long agreement with Bird Scooters but announced earlier this month that Bird was no longer interested in launching the program in Tualatin.

"Many residents enjoyed the scooters, but we were also getting enough complaints to warrant attention," West Linn Community Relations Coordinator Danielle Choi told the Tidings via email. "We had some teenagers and children ignoring the 18+ rider age requirement, for example."

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

Have a thought or opinion on the news of the day? Get on your soapbox and share your opinions with the world. Send us a Letter to the Editor!