NIMBYs Win; Bird Flies the Coop
By Brent Woodcox
Scooters will soon be a thing of the past in Raleigh.
Citing Raleigh city council’s refusal to adopt reasonable regulations and permitting fees for operating scooter rental services within city limits, Bird and Lime will both flee Raleigh in the coming months. Bird will cease operating by April 30 and Lime will pull out of the city before July 31. The companies also cited the fact that city councilors were unwilling to work with them to come up with a framework to help them operate and even openly accused to city of negotiating in bad faith. Scooter companies did leave open the possibility of a return to Raleigh if conditions were to change. But that seems unlikely unless the NIMBY majority made up of Stef Mendell, David Cox, Kay Crowder, Russ Stephenson and Dickie Thompson are defeated in this October’s city council elections. Those five councilors were the architects of overregulation that lead the companies to throw up their hands and move their business elsewhere. It’s unusual to see businesses so openly call out elected officials but we have an unusually anti-business city council in Raleigh.