By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Aug 13, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Bird, the scooters that dotted the sidewalks of Downtown Milwaukee last summer, will rejoin the scooter scene on Wednesday, as part of the city-run pilot program. They will join the 500 Lime scooters already on the streets.

"We have long looked forward to partnering with Milwaukee to help bring transportation alternatives to residents. Communities throughout the city can benefit from having an affordable and environmentally friendly option for getting around without having to get in the car — and we’re thrilled that Bird can now be one of those options," said Paul Steely White, Director of Safety Policy at Bird.

As part of the pilot program, the Department of Public Works has told scooter operators that they they must educate their users on proper use. Riding scooters on sidewalks is prohibited, and scooters can’t be parked in a way to impede pedestrian access.

In addition to Lime and Bird, Spin has applied to participate in Milwaukee’s pilot program.

Andy is the founder and co-owner of OnMilwaukee.com. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching OnMilwaukee.com in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.