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Reprieve will last a week

Bird Scooters are parked along the a Bricktown sidewalk in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The city council will consider cracking down on electric rental scooters parked in the public right of way. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Bird Scooters are parked along the a Bricktown sidewalk in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The city council will consider cracking down on electric rental scooters parked in the public right of way. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Bird ignited a debate about the use of electric scooters in downtown Oklahoma City when they began serving the area. After much debate, the city council made a decision Tuesday. 

The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to give a one-week reprieve to a rental scooter service that dropped scooters on street corners around downtown this month.

The council adopted an emergency ordinance authorizing the Public Works director to impound "dockless" scooters found for rent on the public right of way.

The measure was proposed to take effect immediately but, at the urging of Ward 4 Councilman Todd Stone, the council delayed the effective date until Monday.

The delay was intended to give Bird.co, a Santa Monica, California-based startup, time to obtain permits to put its rental "nests" on public property.

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OKC cop found not guilty 

Oklahoma City police officer Weston Slater admitted to making a dumb mistake.

He never should have checked that vehicle ID number for a casual friend, he said. And he should have done more when he got a "hit" from the national law enforcement database that the pickup was stolen.

"I made a dumb mistake that day," he told investigators last year. "And I made even a dumber mistake by not checking up on it and not following through and figuring out where it was at."

 

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Bird Scooters are parked along the a Bricktown sidewalk in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.  The city council will consider cracking down on electric rental scooters parked in the public right of way. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Bird Scooters are parked along the a Bricktown sidewalk in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The city council will consider cracking down on electric rental scooters parked in the public right of way. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

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Matt Patterson

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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