Electric scooters have started to appear on sidewalks in Norfolk and Virginia
Beach. However, some of the busiest parts of these cities saw the black
electric scooters from Bird disappear almost as fast as they showed up.
That’s because Norfolk officials started to crack down on the scooters
as soon as they heard about their arrival.
City spokeswoman Lori Crouch said the following in an email to
The Virginian-Pilot, “‘Popped up’ is a great way to describe this. Bird
did not communicate, coordinate or provide any notice before dropping
scooters in Norfolk.”
According to Crouch, city employees and police have been working to round
up the scooters and will store them somewhere until they can reach Bird.
Andria McClellan, a member of City Council, tweeted about the arrival of
the scooters, saying “Whether or not @NorfolkVA allows them in the
future, this in-the-middle-of-the-night approach is totally unacceptable
and does not make me inclined to support this company.”
The scooters were left by the company on busy Virginia Beach street corners
and outside of convention centers and hotels.
Bird launched last September in in Los Angeles and has received harsh criticism
from city governments across the nation due to the company’s ask-forgiveness-rather-than-permission
approach to rolling out their product. After Bird scooters showed up in
Charleston, S.C., the city issued a cease-and-desist order that threatened
to impound the scooters.
Electric Scooter Fatality
Recently, a 24-year-old man died in an accident involving an electric scooter.
Jacoby Stoneking was riding an electric scooter in Dallas, Texas when
he fell and suffered an injury to his foot. Stoneking asked a friend of
his to call a Lyft to pick him up, but when the driver showed up, he found
the injured man unresponsive.
According to a police statement, “Responding officers observed scrapes
and bruising to the injured person's hands and lower extremities.”
The statement also notes that officers “found a Lime Scooter that
was broken in half up against the curb” about 500 feet from where
Stoneking was found. Aside from parts of the scooter, no other debris
Stoneking was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced
dead. However, Dallas County medical examiners have yet to determine a
cause of death. If it is determined that Stoneking's death was a result
of injuries sustained while riding the scooter, it would likely be the
first scooter-related death since electric scooters started showing up
in cities across the country.
Speaking about the injury risks associated with electric scooters, Sam
Torbati, medical director of the Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department
at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, said “An electric scooter is pretty
much a moped, just a little slower. People seem to feel safe since it
looks like a recreational tool, but it comes with potential for serious
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