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Caged Birds: Electronic scooters impounded by WLPD

Hundreds of Birds have landed in Greater Lafayette. These birds may not fly but are still finding ways to invade cities all over the country.

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 6:41 AM
Updated: Sep 11, 2018 7:04 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Hundreds of Birds have landed in Greater Lafayette. These birds may not fly, but are still finding ways to invade cities all over the country.

Deputy Chief Troy Harris with the West Lafayette Police Department said officers have taken more than 30 scooters since the company dropped off its scooters unannounced this past weekend. Bird is a motorized scooter rental company, where you download an app and pay to ride. Harris said that many community members aren't so fond of this new transportation device.

"We took many complaints," said Harris. We found them blocking sidewalks and they were ADA in-compliant"

Since the scooters arrived, police said they've been parked in handicap areas, sidewalks and even some yards. These were all impounded by police, but Harris said Bird is more than willing to pick up the scooters anytime with no penalty. WLPD thinks the transportation scooter is a nice option for community members, however they want people to use and park them safely.

"We're not saying take all your scooters and leave town," said Harris. "We just have to be able to provide our public the opportunity to access the resources that they need throughout the city by using our sidewalks.

WLPD has been in communication with Bird representatives and both agree that citizen safety is important.

"We have to work together to make sure that this type of transportation is successful and safe for everybody," said Harris.

The city is currently working on an electronic rental scooter policy. Harris said the scooters arrived before that policy could be finalized.

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