Are electric scooters coming to the Portland surburbs?

A Spin employee disinfects a row of scooters owned by the ride share company in 2020.

The city of Wilsonville is considering allowing 50 publicly-accessible Bird electric scooters to deploy around town.

During a presentation at a City Council work session last month, Garrett Gronowski, an executive at the Bird scooter company, explained that the goal of the business is to promote sustainability and nullify unnecessary car trips (over two miles, in Bird's view). The scooters travel at a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour and only adults can ride them. The scooters would be managed by a Wilsonville resident designated as an operations manager, Gronowski said. That person would collect the scooters each evening and return them to their designated stations by the next morning.