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November 6, 2018

What’s the Word on the Birds?

You may have seen some electric scooters called “Birds” making their way around Downtown Bryan.

Here are a few quick facts:

  • Bird representatives visited with City officials on October 31, 2018 to show them the ‘ins and outs’ of what Bird scooters can offer communities.
  • Birds are yet another transportation alternative – primarily with the first or last mile in mind – for citizens and visitors.
  • The Birds are picked up each night, recharged, and then returned to specific sites (known as nests) each morning.
  • Bird representatives have provided five (5) scooters for display at the Municipal Office Building and they can be found in the lobby area, just outside of Council Chambers on the first floor.
  • It is possible there will be a scooter pilot project in our Downtown area.
  • City staff are reviewing ordinances, best practices, etc. and discussing the opportunities that come with this mode of transportation to determine scooter compatibility within our community.

So, if the Birds come to town, how does it work?

  • Through the Bird smartphone app, riders can see the closest Bird scooter on a map, unlock it, and ride directly to their desired destination. The app is free for Apple and Android users.
  • It costs $1 to start, then a per minute fee. Scooters are calibrated to cruise at a maximum speed of 15 mph.
  • Each day, the Birds are collected, recharged, and then returned to their Nests for people to use.

What about safety?

  • Riders must be 18+ years of age with a valid driver’s license. All riders scan their driver’s license to ensure they meet these requirements.
  • Riders are instructed to wear a helmet and to ride only in bike lanes and on the streets. Bird will even provide a free helmet to frequent users; the rider just covers shipping.
  • Riders are specifically advised not to use sidewalks.
  • Specific instructions on how to appropriately stand, engage the throttle, and utilize the brake are provided.
  • At the end of the trip, riders are notified to park Birds out of public pathways and at bike racks or near public transit stops where available.

Curious to learn more? Visit them at bird.co/how! We will keep you updated on the introduction of the pilot program and more as discussions continue.

Bird Scooter in front of City Hall

 
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