Bird has started a new e-scootersharing program in downtown Burlington, a small community in southeastern Iowa. Residents and visitors can use Bird’s app to access a fleet of 75 e-scooters. Borrowing a scooter has a standard cost of $1 plus $0.35 per minute. Low-income customers, Pell grant recipients, veterans, seniors, and some local community can borrow the e-scooters at a 50% discount through Bird’s Community Pricing Program. Medical and emergency professionals can also use Birds’ scooters for two free 3-minute rides per day. For safety reasons, the scooters have a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. The scooters automatically turn off if they leave the geofenced boundary. Scooters are available to rent every day of the week from 4 AM to midnight.
The City of Burlington sees this partnership as a great opportunity to bolster downtown tourism in a socially distanced and environmentally friendly way. Scootersharing can be handy when looking to travel short distances and helps people complete the first- and last-miles of their transportation journeys. It will be important to see if Burlington will expand its shared mobility programs depending on the success of this partnership.
Last updated August 10, 2021