Bird Launches E-Scootersharing Program, Burlington, IA 2021
5 minutes Date Launched: Jul 30, 2021
Credit: The Hawk Eye
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.