First of its Kind Program Integrates E-Scooters with Denver’s Bus and Rail Transit System
VENICE, Calif., June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bird today announced its intention to seek a permit to operate dockless scooters in Denveras part of a new pilot program the City and County is developing. The program integrates e-scooters with the City’s bus and rail transit system to provide people convenient access to public transit.
The pilot, which is still in development, would allow dockless scooters to be stationed at bus and light rail stops, providing increased access and transportation options for commuters. Denver’s transit riders will be able to use e-scooters to get to and from transit hubs, and to easily get around town. The City expects to unveil the pilot program framework by June 29 and to allow operators of dockless technology to apply for a permit.
“We look forward to working with the City of Denver, a fast-growing city that shares our commitment to delivering innovative mobility solutions,” said David Estrada, Bird’s Chief Legal Officer. “The innovative pilot program has the potential to be a model of how to bring low-cost, environmentally friendly transportation solutions to communities across the nation.”
Through the program, the City will offer permits to multiple dockless operators and set forth safe operating guidelines that build upon Denver’s mobility goals, as outlined in the City’s Mobility Action Plan. These goals include offering people more options to get around town in ways that meet people’s day-to-day needs and increasing the percentage of people who take public transit.
“As Denver continues to grow, it is critically important for us to encourage greater use of multimodal transportation options to reduce vehicle congestion,” said Eulois Cleckley, Executive Director of Denver Public Works. “We believe dockless technology has the potential to provide people with first-mile and last-mile links between their homes, destinations and public transit hubs more easily.”
Riders interested in finding a Bird near them can download the app and sign up at www.birdapp.com.
Bird is a last-mile electric vehicle sharing company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solutions to communities across the world. It provides a fleet of shared electric scooters that can be accessed via smartphone. Birds give people looking to take a short journey across town or down that “last-mile” from the subway or bus to their destination a way to do so that does not pollute the air or add to traffic. Bird works closely with the cities in which it operates so that Bird is a reliable and affordable transportation option for people who live and work there. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is headquartered in Venice, Calif., and is rapidly expanding across the country. Follow Bird on Instagram (www.instagram.com/bird), on Twitter at @BirdRide, and find more information at www.bird.co.