‘Bird Rides’ electric scooter sharing system coming to Bay City Leave a comment

BAY CITY, MI – Rentable ‘Bird’ electric scooters will soon be landing in Bay City.

The Bay City Commission approved an agreement with Bird Rides, Inc. on Monday, June 7 to allow the deployment of a fleet of rentable stand-up electric scooters throughout the city.

The plan under the agreement is to initially deploy approximately 75 scooters around Bay City. A timeline for the fleet’s launch was not listed in the agreement.

“We want to connect parts of our community – I think this is a great way to do it,” said Commissioner Chris Girard.

City Manager Dana Muscott explained that plans are still in the works to develop where the Bird scooters can and cannot go. The agreement states that the city work with Bird to produce a map where the scooters will be programmed to travel in the city.

“We can prohibit them in certain areas, you know, not out in the neighborhoods or we don’t want them on the Riverwalk, we can set those up,” Muscott said.

To use the Bird e-scooters, riders must download the app via a smartphone and create an account to pay for the ride and rules, which are similar to those using a bicycle, must be followed by the rider, according to the agreement.

The agreement states that the scooters will be managed by a contract fleet manager to balance the system daily as well as collect and charge the e-scooters.

“They’re called bird collectors so they go around and collect them to put back on the charging stations. They have GPS located on them so they know exactly where they’re at,” said Muscott.

According to the agreement, e-scooters are already allowed in the city under the Michigan Vehicle Code.

Bay City is now joining other neighboring municipalities in welcoming in Bird Rides to setup shop in town.

The Saginaw City Council approved a memorandum of agreement with Bird Rides in April. The Midland Daily News reported that the Midland City Council took action in February to allow Bird to operate a fleet as well.

Both Midland and Saginaw currently have active Bird scooter fleets at this time after passing their agreements earlier this year.

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