CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Bird scooters took off in the city of Cleveland on Aug. 10, but this past Tuesday the trial run screeched to a halt.
The company voluntarily agreed to cease operations of the electric, shared-use scooter project, after Cleveland -- citing permit issues -- banned them from being left on city property, and after a 21-year-old was killed downtown while riding a scooter (the woman was not riding a Bird scooter).
Then, on Wednesday, the company posted a picture of Browns no. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield on a Bird.
In a statement, a Bird spokesperson said the company was optimistic that it could once again get the project off the ground in the near-term, despite the rocky start in Cleveland.
"We are voluntarily pausing our operations in Cleveland. However, we have had productive conversations with Councilman Kerry McCormack and community members, and are hopeful that we will be able to collaborate with the City on their permitting process so that Bird can be a reliable, affordable, and environmentally friendly transportation option for the community."
Cleveland State also banned use of the scooter on its campus, citing safety concerns.
The scooters reach speeds of up to 15 mph, and require riders to operate them on the street, rather than the sidewalk.
Helmets should be worn while riding the scooters, but the company does not provide protective gear.