The City of Columbus 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.
The scooters are available through a mobile phone application and riders pay to use the scooter per minute, at no cost to the City. The City is happy to welcome Bird to the community and we look forward to having the scooters available for citizens and visitors to use around town.
The electric scooters can be used on roads and have a maximum speed of 15 mph. Scooters must be parked out of the way of pedestrians and never blocking driveways or sidewalks. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the company can be found on their website (www.bird.co) and on their blog (www.bird.co/blog).