SALT LAKE CITY — Bird announced a plan that could deliver an electric scooter directly to customers.
The Verge reports that Bird, an electric scooter rental service, will now offer $24.99 monthly rental options, complete with delivery. This means you could have a scooter delivered to you at home, rather than trying to hunt one down in a busy city area.
Subscribers will receive a personal scooter, charger and lock, according to Bird’s press release.
However, the monthly service is currently only available as a test run in San Francisco or Barcelona, Spain. The company plans to roll the program out to other cities — including Salt Lake City — at a later time.
People can use an app to locate and pay for their ride. Users are then expected to ride safely in bike lanes and leave the scooter at a bike rack when they’re finished.Comment on this story
Bird also claims that the scooters provide an environmentally safe alternative to cars and help ease traffic congestion. Last year the Deseret News reported that 10,000 riders traveled over 40,000 miles on Lime scooters, a competitor to Bird. Hospitals also saw an increase in scooter-related injuries — from eight in 2017 to 21 in 2018.
The Verge also reports the new delivery service could act as a workaround to legislation that shuts down dockless scooter rentals in cities like San Francisco, which enacted legislation in 2018 after Bird failed to seek permission to operate in the city.