The City of Fresno has just issued a cease and desist letter to Bird Rides Inc. asking them to remove all of their scooters from the city until and operating policy and business agreement is reached.
Bird has until Sunday, September 9, 2018 to remove all the scooters.
City officials say Bird did not officially approach city officials to get proper permissions and licenses or create a proper framework for safety prior to bringing the scooters in the city.
The city also says that in the short time Bird has been operating in Fresno, they have received numerous ADA complaints and heard concerns about people using scooters without helmets or riding on sidewalks, which is a violation of the law. They also say that people using the scooters have left them on lawns and blocked sidewalks and entryways.
The city issued the cease-and-desist order on August 29 and has had ongoing discussions with Bird to resolve the issue.
Similar issues have been reported in other cities.
Bird scooters started appearing in Fresno in mid August. Several of them are located near Fresno State.