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A person riding a Bird scooter goes north on Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City, Friday, August 3, 2018.  Photo by Doug Hoke,The Oklahoman
A person riding a Bird scooter goes north on Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City, Friday, August 3, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke,The Oklahoman

scooter controversy in okc

A person riding a Bird scooter goes north on Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City, Friday, August 3, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke,The Oklahoman
A person riding a Bird scooter goes north on Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City, Friday, August 3, 2018. Photo by Doug Hoke,The Oklahoman


Bird, a company that rents electric scooters, has caused a stir in Oklahoma City as the company begins operations. The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer breaks down the hullabaloo. 

When it comes to making downtown streets and sidewalks safer, Cody Lusnia is a social media warrior bringing light to the night by showing all the broken street lamps and calling out contractors who have left abandoned signs and materials blocking sidewalks.

Will a similar public shaming follow the appearance of the first ride-sharing scooters in Oklahoma City?

A 10-month-old California startup — Bird — has been the center of a fuss in cities ranging from Boston to Los Angeles, from Milwaukee to Nashville and Dallas. In each city, the company chose to put scooters out on the city's sidewalks inviting people to pay to take the scooters for a spin.

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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