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JANESVILLE — Bird scooters, the app-controlled, ride-share scooter service, will return to Janesville this summer after a trial run a year ago.

The Janesville City Council on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Bird Rides that would allow them to bring 250 scooters to the city.

The company would pay the city $5 per scooter along with a 10-cent per ride fee.

Responding to complaints over some riders last year, Bird agreed to geofence, or disable scooters from the downtown parking ramp, bridges or other trouble spots.

Council member Heather Miller also requested that Bird verify riders were 18 before allowing them to use the app.

The company also agreed to deploy nearly a third of scooters outside of downtown.

The motion passed on a unanimous voice vote.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak of Janesville is founder of the Janesville News Report