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Posted on: July 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Bird lands in Bay City, set to hit the streets Fourth of July weekend

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The City of Bay City is partnering with shared electric scooter company, Bird Rides to bring e-scooters to the city. Just in time for summer, 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.  

“We are excited to welcome Bird to the City of Bay City and look forward to having a community members and tourists take them for a spin,” said City Manager Dana Muscott. “The scooters are just another example of how our community is embracing having feet – and in this case scooters – on the street.”

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 automobiles 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. 

“Aside from being a fun way to see Bay City, we also believe the scooters will give people without reliable transportation another option,” Muscott said. “We’re excited to see where they get used most in our community.”

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 [email protected]
  • 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 protected] 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. 

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

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