California company releases fleet of scooters in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you haven't already, you'll notice scooters popping up around town. The "hide-and-seek" method has made its way from Venice, California, to Louisville.
Starting Thursday, Bird scooters could be spotted downtown, in NuLu and the highlands.
Bird is a last mile scooter rental service, designed for trips that are too long to walk but too short to drive. To register, download the app here on your phone.
Each scooter has a base fee of $1, and 15 additional cents per minute.
Riders have to be at least 18 years old with a valid drivers license.
"Find one where it's at, in a safe spot off the walkways or the roads. You scan it, you get home, you park it in a safe place and you just leave it there and then they handle the rest," rider Griffin Dampier said.
Bird employees will pick up the scooters at the end of the night, inspect for maintenance and repairs, charge them and move them to designated "nests" for next day's use.
"Everyone should have access to transportation that is accessible, affordable, and environmentally-friendly. One Bird makes this a reality by providing a way for everyone to ride Birds in their city. We warmly welcome all new riders, and encourage our current eligible riders to enroll in the program, so together we can create a community with fewer cars, less traffic, and reduced carbon emissions.” - Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird
Riders can also select a helmet option in the app, and company will deliver a helmet to customer's home at no charge.
Bird offers a One Bird program for riders who are eligible or enrolled in state or federal assistance. If eligible, the company will waive the base fee for the scooter. To enroll, email proof of enrollment in the assistance program, your full name and phone number. The company says approval takes two to three days.
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