The Santa Monica-based Bird Rides, which launched the e-scooter craze in late 2017, came to Decatur last October and placed an estimated 50 to 75 scooters on city streets and sidewalks. Shortly thereafter LimeBike added an estimated 25 more.
But only Lime signed the city’s interim operating agreement, which took effect Jan 25, while Bird took its scooters and flew away. Since then e-scooters in Decatur have been conspicuous mostly by their absence. City Manager Andrea Arnold said recently she doesn’t know how many remain.