Bird, Spin Scooters will soon be coming to Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works will approve two additional companies for participation in the City's Dockless Scooter Pilot Study.

DPW will approve the applications for Bird and Spin as early as Monday, August 12. 

Bird and Spin will join Lime whose application was approved on July 23, 2019.

All three operators will each be allowed a total of 350 scooters.

On August 2, 2019, DPW set a restriction on additional scooters in the pilot due to concerns that too many riders were not obeying the rules of the road. 

“We will continue to focus on safety and on addressing the concerns,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “I am pleased scooter companies are working with their customers to increase awareness and ensure safe riding for everyone on our streets and sidewalks.”

During an eight-hour count of scooter usage in the Third Ward, eastside, and downtown, DPW saw 83% of users riding on the streets.

“Each operator’s allowed fleet plan has been scaled back to ensure the number of scooters in circulation are manageable and being used properly,” Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Polenske said. “We will frequently assess the fleet size and determine if adjustments need to be

The pilot, created by direction of the Milwaukee Common Council, is scheduled to run through December 31, 2019. It may be suspended at any time, per the authority of the Commissioner of Public Works.

For more information about the Dockless Scooter Pilot Study, click here

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