Permits, new guidelines unveiled Friday for electric scooter companies in Denver

DENVER — Starting Friday, electric scooter companies can start registering to operate their services in Denver.

LimeBike was the first company to introduce dockless scooters to Denver streets and sidewalks. The company Bird then followed suit.

At first there weren't any real rules. Riders could use the scooters and drop them off wherever they wanted. The city of Denver quickly took action when the scooters started impeding public sidewalks and right-of-ways.

Denver Public Works has now started a pilot program that sets guidelines for the e-scooters.

It allows them to be stationed at designated bus and rail stations across Denver.

In a recent statement, Bird said, "We look forward to working with the city of Denver, a fast growing city that shares our commitment to delivering innovative mobility solutions."

LimeBike and Bird were asked to remove their scooters from the public right of way until the permit system was established.

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