Wicker Park resident Justin Whitmore, 36, seemed elated after he hopped off a Bird electric scooter.
“It was fun. It was great. I didn’t die,” Whitmore said. “I’d definitely do it again.”
Whitmore tried a scooter last week during a free demonstration at a park on the east end of The 606 park and trail system. Bird “ambassadors” invited residents to give the scooters a go up and down the block.
But free rides are all scooter-sharing companies can offer in Chicago right now since scooters, which have proved controversial in other cities, are not yet permitted for commercial use. The city’s departments of Transportation and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection are...