electric scooters

Scooter startup Bird may not get a permit in its hometown

A Bird scooter stands along 5th Ave. in Santa Monica, California. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

In Santa Monica, scooter startup Bird's hometown, the city planning department has recommended the council award its two pilot program permits to Lyft and Uber over the one-year-old electric scooter upstart. It remains to be seen who the director of planning department chooses.

Why it matters: Bird's initial deployment of its scooters in Santa Monica ruffled the city's feathers, and its relatively low score in the "compliance" category suggests the planning department hasn't forgotten. Notably, unlike the ride-hailing wars a few years ago, some scooter companies are choosing to stick to the rules this time around.

The story has been corrected to show that the director of the planning department, not city council, gets the final decision.

Scooter competition in Paris heats up with Bird's arrival

Bird scooters in Paris. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Scooter-sharing startup Bird is rolling out a small number of vehicles in Paris, its first foray outside the U.S., the company said on Wednesday. In a few weeks, it will also deploy operations in Tel Aviv.

The intrigue: Bird will now go head-to-head on foreign soil with rival Lime, which rolled out its own scooters in Paris last month — and, despite having a history of boldly deploying into cities without regulatory approval, Bird says it's been in touch with officials in Paris and Tel Aviv prior to its arrival.