Tiffin, Ohio – California-based Bird Rides, Inc. has announced that it will begin offering its electric scooters in the city of Tiffin starting Monday, June 21.
Bird announced in April that it plans to add Tiffin to its list of cities. With the help of the new clearinghouse for information on entrepreneurial opportunities through the Tiffin-Seneca economic partnership, a local company that will oversee the operation has been identified.
Electric scooters can be used on roads and in cycle paths and have a top speed of 15 mph. Scooters should be parked away from pedestrians and never block the aisles. Riders must be 18 years of age and over to access the scooters. They are also encouraged to wear a helmet on every ride and are required to obey all standard rules of the road. For more information, including the option to receive a free headset (only pay shipping and handling charges), visit www.bird.co/safety-mobile.
Users who wish to rent the scooters will need to install the Bird app, where all available scooters are displayed. Before starting, the user provides the payment information, scans the QR code on the scooter and begins the journey. To complete the trip, the user must take a photo of the parked scooter. The price of the trip is immediately debited from the user’s credit card.
Bird offers the following programs which are available to all who qualify:
- Community pricing – Bird’s community pricing program offers a 50% discount to low-income cyclists, Pell grant recipients, some local non-profit and community organizations, veterans, and seniors. It is designed to be the most inclusive micromobility rebate program available anywhere. To sign up for the Community Pricing Program, download the Bird app, create an account, and email your proof of eligibility to [email protected]
- Free transportation for healthcare workers and emergency personnel – Bird is proud to offer free rides to healthcare workers and emergency personnel. To register, simply send a copy of your medical ID card with your name and phone number to [email protected] Eligible passengers will receive two free 30-minute rides per day for as long as it takes to help our communities recover from this global health crisis.
Founded in September 2017, Bird operates shared electric scooters in more than 100 cities in North America, Europe and the Middle East with 10 million trips in its first year of operation. The company was founded and is headed by Travis VanderZanden, a former executive at Lyft and Uber. It notably became the fastest startup to ever reach $ 1 billion in valuation.
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was excited about Bird’s announcement. “We’ve been working with Bird for some time and I can’t wait to have this fun and eco-friendly mobility solution in our community. They will make a great addition to the Town of Tiffin.
If a resident sees a problem with a Bird scooter or wishes to contact the company, call 1 (866) 205-2442, email [email protected], or use the “Community Mode” feature in the app. Bird mobile. More information can be found at www.bird.co and on their blog, www.bird.co/blog.