Bird brings dockless scooters to Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Residents and visitors to Charlottesville will now see a second series of dockless scooters and bicycles around town.

The city approved its second policy program to Bird, which plans to deploy 100 electric scooters this week.

In November, the city adopted a policy to strengthen the transportation network and meet environmental and mobility goals.

The Charlottesville City Council authorized the temporary pilot program on Nov. 5. It is expected to last until July 31.

Under the program, the city has granted permits to Lime and Bird to operate their dockless mobility devices.

The Lime scooters and bicycles appeared around the city in mid-December and can be used through an app on a person's smartphone or with a prepaid card.

The program does not require city personnel to assume responsibility for the devices, but since this is a temporary program, the city will be evaluating the impacts of the devices.

Riders need to use the street and bike lanes and cannot ride on the sidewalk.

Riders are urged to obey all safety rules and laws, and drivers and pedestrians are urged to be more aware of the new transportation devices.

For more information on the pilot program or the devices, click on the links in the Related Links box.



 
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