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Bird Scooters Land in Burlington, Starting Monday, July 26, 2021

August 2, 2021

Bird Scooters Land in Burlington, Starting Monday, July 26, 2021

Burlington, IA (July 26, 2021) – The City of Burlington is partnering with the Los Angeles, California based, shared electric scooter company, Bird Rides, to bring e-scooters to the city in the coming days. Just in time for Summer Fun, Bird is a naturally social distanced way to get around. The scooters are available through a mobile phone application and riders pay to use the scooter per minute, at no cost to the city. 

Amy Moyner, executive director of Downtown Partners, Inc. said, “We are excited to have another means of transportation in our community. E-scooters are extremely popular and an efficient and fun way to see Downtown Burlington”!

The company plans on offering scooters to residents and visitors in order to help reduce carbon emissions, as well as traffic congestion on roadways. The scooters also provide a safe way to get around during the pandemic and offer residents without cars another transportation option.

The electric scooters can be used on roads and in bike lanes and have a maximum speed of 15mph.  Scooters must be parked out of the way of pedestrians and never blocking driveways. Riders are required to be 18 years-old and above to access the scooters. They are also encouraged to wear a helmet on every ride and required to obey all standard rules of the road. 

Chad Bird, City Manager said, “Scooters make for a useful way to bridge the gap between public transportation and a person’s home or work.  More transportation options can bring a lot of benefits to the city including an efficient and easy mode of transportation to visit various local establishments and landmarks”.

Bird offers the following programs that are available for all who qualify: 

  • Community Pricing -  Bird’s Community Pricing Program offers a 50% discount to low-income riders, Pell grant recipients, select local nonprofit and community organizations, veterans, and senior citizens. It’s designed to be the most inclusive micromobility discount program available anywhere. To sign up for the Community Pricing Program, download the Bird app, create an account, and email your proof of eligibility to access@bird.co.
  • Free Rides for Healthcare Workers and Emergency Personnel - Bird is proud to offer free rides to healthcare workers and emergency personnel. To sign up, simply email a copy of your medical identification card along with your name and phone number to together@bird.co. Eligible riders will receive two free 30-minute rides per day for as long as it takes to help our communities to recover from this global health crisis.
  • Community Mode - Community Mode allows anyone with a Bird account to report or provide feedback on vehicle-related issues such as poorly parked or damaged vehicles in their area. When a report is submitted, a member of the Bird team is assigned to correct the issue. Anyone can access Community Mode by tapping the yield sign on the bottom left of the Bird map.

If a resident has questions or concerns about the e-scooters the company can be reached directly at 1-866-205-2442 or hello@bird.co. More information about the company can be found on their website (www.bird.co) and on their blog (www.bird.co/blog).

This is an official city press release.  Modifications of any kind are prohibited without express written consent of the author.  Any reprint or broadcast of this information must include this entire communication.

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