Joplin moves forward with scooter rental program

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council decides to move forward on negotiations with Bird Scooters.

The company held a presentation before council Monday evening as they seek to come to Joplin. The scooters utilize an app that lets resident rent the scooters for a short period of time. When the person who is traveling by scooter is done, they leave it for the next rider or to be picked up by a Bird contractor for repair or charging.

“Those scooters are popular in some other metro cities,” said Joplin City Manager Nick Edwards. “So I think there’s an interest to bring those scooters here. Certainly we want to makes sure if we do so, we’re doing so in a way that’s responsible and we’re also being as safe as we can. But It does provide another means of transportation which could ultimately benefit the residents of Joplin.”

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