Providence giving troubled e-scooter, e-bike programs another go, but not everybody’s on board

STANDING READY: Spin rentable electric scooters are parked on Empire Street at the intersection with Westminster Street in Providence. The scooters began appearing in the city in late October after initial scooter operators Bird Rides and Lime left the city. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Seemingly overnight, rentable electric bikes and scooters began popping up on Providence streets last year. The Creative Capital was in the regional vanguard of an e-transportation movement targeting hip, urban communities across the nation. But within months, though popular with students and generally welcomed by businesses, it became clear the local fit would not be…

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