Columbia reaches tentative agreement with Bird scooter company

The city of Columbia has a tentative deal in place with the company behind those Bird scooters.

Dozens of the motorized scooters swooped in to town a few months ago, without a business license. Riders can rent them for a couple bucks through a smartphone app, then ditch them when they’re done.

Among the key parts of the deal:

-Bird has to pay the city a $10,000 fee, plus a dollar per scooter per day and other fees.

-Scooters need to be parked in a way that does not block key areas like curb ramps and driveways.

-Bird has to pay for monitors to make sure people are following the parking regulations.

-Scooters can’t be used from roughly dusk until dawn, and not during inclement weather.

-Bird has to provide notice of these regulations to riders.

The deal needs council approval, which is expected to come during the Nov. 19 meeting. See the full Bird agreement here.

(This story was last updated at 9:06 a.m. Wednesday.)

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