• Abigail Hall

Norman Bird scooters operations not affected by Oklahoma City withdrawal

Originally published at OU Daily Feb. 9, 2019

The withdrawal of Bird scooter operations in Oklahoma City will not affect operations in Norman, a company spokesperson said Feb. 6.

The company announced a decision to cease operations in Oklahoma City Feb. 1, according to The Oklahoman's report.

"This decision in Oklahoma City does not affect Bird's operations in Norman or at the University of Oklahoma," said Bird spokesperson, Rachel Bankston, in an email to The Daily. 

The Daily contacted Bankston to clarify details of the withdrawal and the effect on its operations in Norman but did not receive a reply after the official statement.

Despite the announcement, Oklahoma City currently remains on Bird's operation list of cities, as of Feb. 9.

Bye bye Birdie. Bird Scooters have taken off in OKC, but not in a good way. pic.twitter.com/2Zi2csxgGP — Courtney Landsberger (@courtney_lands) February 2, 2019

"The framework city officials have provided will make it impossible to efficiently provide our service, and so we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from Oklahoma City for the time being," said a Bird spokesperson in a statement to The Daily. 

According to the statement, the company will "look forward opportunities to return in the future." 

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