Bird’s e-scooters can finally deploy in Meridian.
After months of delays, Meridian City Council approved a franchise agreement with electric-scooter company Bird on Tuesday. The agreement allows Bird to initially deploy between 100 to 150 scooters in Meridian — eventually increasing to a maximum of 500 scooters.
The contract requires that Bird deploy by Aug. 1 and spend at least two weeks before deploying doing community outreach and marketing.
Bird’s agreement with the city lasts until the end of the year, at which point Bird and other e-scooter companies will be allowed to reapply. Bird is paying a franchise fee of roughly $10,000 for the rest of the year, according to city attorney Bill Nary.
Bird’s plans to deploy earlier this summer were halted when Lime, another e-scooter company, appealed Meridian City Council’s decision to choose Bird as the city’s sole provider of e-scooters. That appeal contributed to Bird’s delay, the Meridian Press previously reported.