WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem has banned Bird scooters from city streets, the city’s department of marketing and communications confirmed to FOX8.
City Manager Lee Garrity will tell scooter owners they must immediately collect them from city streets and sidewalks.
The city’s Public Safety Committee voted 3-1 in favor of the ban Monday night.
Bird provided the following statement to FOX8 on Tuesday:
“In the time since Bird first landed in Winston-Salem, people throughout the city have embraced our service as a way to get out of their cars and more easily get around town. It is deeply concerning that despite the popularity of Bird, and its contribution to the local economy, that City Council has decided to force a pause of our service. Bird’s transportation solution has helped the city reduce traffic and carbon emissions, it is a service residents have come to rely on, and it is provides opportunity for individuals to earn supplemental income through our charger and mechanic programs. An abrupt end to this service needlessly disrupts a system that was working well for the people of Winston-Salem. We hope that city officials will remedy this decision and ensure Bird remains part of the city’s fabric.”