Karlin Seville is the communications manager with the university’s Division of Operations. He tells The Columbia Missourian that the university doesn’t have a contract with Bird, the California-based dockless scooter rental company.
Seville says the university will meet with company officials Friday to discuss the situation.
Bird brought its electric scooters to Columbia this week as part of a pop-up tour of 150 universities and colleges.
Users can rent the scooters through an app. They travel at up to 15 mph and can go about 15 miles before needing to be charged.
The company says they hope to reduce traffic congestion and cut carbon emissions with the scooters.