Bird and Lime scooters — banned elsewhere — arrive in Riverside to mixed reviews

Jessica Pegueros struggled for five minutes to help her roommate scan her driver’s license so she could rent a Bird scooter sitting on the sidewalk just outside UC Riverside.

People wait for the crossing light as Lime scooters stand ready for use at the intersection of Blaine Street and Rustin Avenue in Riverside on Monday, Oct. 15.

A map on Bird’s website indicates its scooters are in 15 cities in California and others in other states and countries, where they’ve quickly gained popularity among riders and opposition from some business owners and others.

Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Monica have approved pilot programs allowing a certain number of scooters and imposing other restrictions.

A Bird spokeswoman, who wouldn’t give her full name, said the company looks forward to a deal with UCR that she said would alleviate problems relating to parking, improve mobility around campus, and help students shop in local businesses throughout the school year.

Melendrez contrasted the scooters with the agreement the city made with Bewegen Technologies in April, which put electric bikes at seven stations in the downtown area starting Friday, Nov. 2.

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