On Monday I joined KCMO Councilwoman Jolie Justus in the KCUR studio for Up to Date to talk about Bird Scooters - the newest venture capital backed mobility company to land in KC. CW Justus and I agreed that the technology is promising but the city must ensure they are safe for KCMO residents. In my roll as the chair of the KCMO Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee I am working to ensure that permanent regulations welcome innovative new technologies but keep our streets, sidewalks, pedestrians, and users safe. Bird is most certainly not the last company of its type to come to the streets of KC.
The city is now working on a temporary operating agreement with Bird to make sure that they are doing business legally here in the city. This agreement will also outline some basic expectations of the company in order to ensure safety and accessibility of our sidewalks are preserved. Longer-term regulations will replace the temporary operating agreement in the near future.