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Electric scooter company Bird gets to stay in its hometown after all

People ride shared electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, on July 13, 2018.
People ride shared electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, on July 13, 2018.
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Electric scooter company Bird got its start in Santa Monica last year before quickly spreading to cities across the country. But in recent weeks, it looked like Bird could have been banned from its hometown.

A city report that ranked Bird lower than other scooter companies on factors like safety and public education prompted a protest in which Bird deactivated its scooters in Santa Monica for a day. But on Thursday, the city's planning director decided to let Bird and competitor Lime continue operating in the city.