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A local man gets a free helmet and scooter riding lesson at Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown, after Bird, one of two electronic scooter companies permitted to set up shop in Portland, introduced the service on Thursday.

A local man gets a free helmet and scooter riding lesson at Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown, after Bird, one of two electronic scooter companies permitted to set up shop in Portland, introduced the service on Thursday.

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Two companies were allowed to set up shop for their app-based scooter services last week thanks to permits from the Portland Bureau of Transportation as part of a pilot program to test the compatibility of e-scooters in the city.