Minneapolis officials move to regulate rental scooters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials are taking steps to regulate two-wheeled rental scooters.

A Minneapolis City Council committee passed an ordinance Tuesday that would require companies to obtain a license to operate motorized scooters in the city. The move came as rental scooters begin rolling onto the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Bird Rides Inc. launched a fleet of scooters in Minneapolis. But the Santa Monica, California-based company won’t say how many of what it calls “Birds” are now available in the Twin Cities.

The company said it has submitted paperwork in Minneapolis and St. Paul to operate as a business.

The Minneapolis ordinance would mostly regulate keeping parked scooters from blocking sidewalks and other public rights of way. The Star Tribune reports the full City Council will vote on the ordinance on July 20.

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