Bird e-scooters

Bird scooters wait on a Charlottesville sidewalk. The company withdrew its scooter service earlier this year, and has now been followed by Lime.

Bird has temporarily withdrawn its electronic scooter service from Charlottesville.

The move comes shortly after City Council extended a pilot program to study effective regulations for the booming industry. Since the program was established in November, the city has seen more than 100,000 trips and 20,000 users traveling a total of 85,000 miles.

The companies typically come and go in smaller localities as ridership declines, particularly in university towns when school is not in session. City officials haven’t indicated when the service might return but characterized it as a temporary halt.

City staff have asked that the total fleet size be increased to 250. Before Bird's withdrawal, it and fellow California-based company Lime had brought 200 scooters to the city.

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