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Bird scooters — Baltimore's latest invasive species

Bird scooters — Baltimore's latest invasive species

Across the country, the recent onslaught of electric scooters in urban spaces has been compared to a foreign invasion designed by teens. Dumped in large numbers on city sidewalks from San Francisco to Boston over the past year by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Bird and its competitors like Lime and Spin, they typify the gig economy — appealing to millennials and based on the ride-sharing concept of Uber and Lyft. It is a business plan that not only represents daring entrepreneurship but also a complete disrespect for local governance.

Here’s how they work. They are just like old-fashioned two-wheel scooters but with small electric motors that power the devices (usually after the...

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