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New safety measures for San Diego's dockless scooters

Posted: 6:16 PM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-19 01:16:30Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Some new technology aimed at dockless scooter safety is coming to San Diego.

The announcement came at a news conference downtown held by Assemblymember Todd Gloria, City Councilmember Chris Ward and representatives from the e-scooter company, Bird.

On the Bird app will be a new a Community Mode feature, which will allow anyone to report incidents of unsafe riding, vandalism, or poor parking.

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"This will help Bird flag riders who violate our safe riding policies and allow us to remind riders to follow all the rules of the road ... allows us to take any further actions against repeat offenders, including removing them from the platform," said Lys Mendez, senior manager of government partnership at Bird.

Bird will also be sharing its geofencing technology with the city, which can create "no ride" or "no parking" zones by not allowing the scooters to operate in certain areas.

The city can also customize safety messages before each ride and will receive data on vehicle status and trip data.

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While cities like Denver and Austin are experimenting with geofencing, Los Angeles has turned away from it amid questions like, "what if the scooter suddenly stopped in front of traffic?"

Bird has yet to announce when the Community Mode feature will be up and running in San Diego.