Bird plans a pilot program to rent electric wheelchairs and scooters in New York this summer

Bird plans a pilot program to rent electric wheelchairs and scooters in New York this summer

New York State lifted its ban on electric scooters in 2020, and the city Department of Transportation announced Bird, Lime, and VeoRide would be part of its e-scooter pilot in the Bronx this summer. Bird plans to roll out the partnership with Scootaround to more cities later this year, based on the results of the NYC pilot.

Once the rider chooses a vehicle, they pick a rental length between one and 14 days. Riders will get an in-person tutorial the day of their rental to ensure they’re comfortable using, charging, and storing the vehicle. Bird has a toll-free number for questions about the process. “As micromobility options such as shared bikes and scooters continue to expand, we must ensure the benefits of these improved transportation networks be made as widely available as possible, including to persons with disabilities,” Kerry Renaud, CEO of Scootaround said in a statement.

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