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Lyft and Bird are to operate e-scooters in the City, with new regulations requiring them to implement additional equitable pricing and access initiatives.
Maurice Henderson, Director of Government Partnerships at micromobility firm Bird, explains how micromobility operators can help cities keep moving during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and why these services are key to the coming environmentally-friendly economic recovery.
Bird’s Director of Safety Policy & Advocacy, Paul Steely White, tells Intelligent Transport’s Sam Mehmet how the micromobility service operator is advocating to influence rider behaviour as a way to replace as many car trips as possible, as safely as possible.
Conducted with CEA Consulting and an independent consultant from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the life-cycle analysis tracked the total environmental impact of Bird scooters from manufacturing to end-of-life and compared them to other modes of urban transport.
In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and consequential drops in ridership, mobility services, such as taxis and e-bike and e-scooter schemes, have been forced to suspend operations and find ways to adapt their offerings.
For each kWh consumed, Bird will finance select green energy producers in France through its Guarantees of Origin mechanism.
The partnership will reportedly see Bird become to first operator to contribute to climate neutrality in Paris from 2020, with plans to expand to the rest of France in 2021.
Bird has outlined how it is contributing to the City of Paris' shift to 'mandatory parking' which looks to reduce street clutter and improve parking options in the city.
Marseille has become the first major European city to complete a tender for e-scooter operations, and each operator will be able to deploy 2,000 e-scooters each.
The Open Mobility Foundation (OMF), formed by cities from across the U.S. seeks to improve transportation across the country with open data sources.