What’s The Bird? It is a 2-wheel scooter that’s got a lot of attention.
Scooters have been around for a long time, so what is so unique about this one? The Bird is an electric scooter which has been set up with GPS trackers and wireless connectivity. It can zoom around at a speed of 15 miles per hour! The Bird scooters are environmentally friendly as they do not run on fossil fuels. They are currently found in various areas around Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington in the USA but quickly increasing their footprint in other cities as well. They have become so popular that the company’s value has increased tremendously from $300 million in March to $1 billion at the end of May.
Why are they so popular? This is an environmentally-friendly way to get to work or from one meeting to another. There are many ride-sharing options that have come up in the last few years, reducing our dependence on having our own cars. Services like Uber, Lyft, and Careem are a few. You may have also noticed bicycles around many cities in Europe and America. These are bicycles that can be shared – you pay with a credit card at the bicycle stand, ride the bike to wherever you want, and park it at the next bike sharing stand. So we can share more resources and be kinder to the environment and reduce traffic and congestion. Scooters like the Razor have been very popular with adults as well. The Bird gives them another way to get from one point to the other.
Can kids ride this? Unfortunately for kids, the user needs to have a valid drivers license.
Who started the company? A man named Travis Vanderzanden, an ex-Uber employee is the current CEO and founder of Bird scooters.
How can you use it? To use the Bird clients first need to download the Bird app and go through a one-time registration process. You can use the Bird app to find the closest electrical scooter to you and then unlock it using the app. After you are done using the scooter just drop it off wherever your trip ends and lock it through the app. All this for a low fee which is typically much lower than the cost of a cab. At night paid, volunteers collect the Birds, recharge them and drop them off at designated pick-up points (its a cool part time job for older kids and college students).
Where can you find the Bird? The company has rolled it out in 20 cities across America. So ask your parents to give it if you come across it on your travels!
Can you imagine people going to work and school on scooters? This would reduce the worlds carbon footprint enormously. Would you ride the Bird scooter if you had the choice?
Written By: Alekha and Abhiraj Choksey