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Bird Scooters may soon be back in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The relationship started rocky for a scooter company and Music City, but they're giving it another try to give people more options to get around.

Don’t delete the Bird app just yet.

The company agreed to pull the scooters earlier this month because of issues with illegal parking and riding, but now they’re working with Metro on re-entry.

“The user is not slowing down for the pedestrian; the user is not getting off the vehicle and is not getting off the sidewalk,” said Erica Hafkenschiel with the Mayor's Office.

Bird sat down with Metro leaders, cyclists and other dockless vehicle companies today to discuss their re-entry.

“We will want to put bikes in the neighborhood and see how long they sit there. Are they being used? That way we can get data and see if there is a demand in the neighborhood,” said Sam Sadle with LimeBike, a bike and scooter sharing company.

This time around there will be clear rules and regulations and placement of scooters and e-bikes based on real data.

“Hopefully it will give people more options and it's going to help us advocate and build support for more safe streets,” said Nora Kern with Walk Bike Nashville.

The year-long pilot program still needs to be approved by Metro Council, but the city anticipates Birds and other scooters being back on the streets by mid-august.

One of the biggest kinks that still need to be ironed out is how Metro will handle scooters on sidewalks.

It's technically illegal, but some argue bike infrastructure in Nashville is sub-par and some riders don’t feel safe riding on the streets.

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