electric scooter

SANTA MONICA, CA – FEBRUARY 5: A Bird scooter stands along Colorado Blvd. and 5th Ave. on February 5, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. The scooters are angering city officials because people are leaving them all over the city. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Dockless electric scooters and bikes are popping up everywhere.

Like Uber, Bird has also rolled out its services with little regard for the regulations imposed by the neighborhoods in which it operates. When TechCrunch first reported on the company’s $15 million raise less than a month ago, we noted that the company had surreptitiously put 1,000 of its electric scooters on the streets — to the delight of the 50,000 people who have taken 250,000 rides on them, and disregarding many laws put in place by the city of Santa Monica.

As a Washington Post article notes, the Santa Monica Police Department has made 281 traffic stops and issued 97 tickets since the beginning of the year and late February — and the coastal, Los Angeles-adjacent city’s fire department has responded to 8 accidents involving Bird’s scooters — seeing injuries to both minors and adults.

Read about the challenges and pitfalls of dockless scooters and bikes at TechCrunch.