Bird to launch New York’s first e-scooter pilot
Posted: 4 August 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The pilot will launch in August in the city of Yonkers, 10 miles northeast of Manhattan.
Micromobility firm Bird has announced that it will be the first e-scooter operator to launch in New York.
The city of Yonkers, New York has chosen Bird to operate the first shared electric micromobility pilot in the state. A fleet of Bird Two scooters is set to roll out in August, less than two months after the New York City Council gave the green light to electric micromobility vehicles.
“Yonkers’ dedication to micromobility is unparalleled, and Bird is honoured to serve in the first e-scooter pilot programme both here and in New York State,” said Rebecca Hahn, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Bird. “Like so many New Yorkers, Yonkers residents are adopting more socially-distant transportation habits in the wake of COVID-19. We’re looking forward to providing a safe and sustainable way for them to stay mobile and support local businesses as the city continues to recover and rebuild.”
Yonkers city was one of the first in New York to embrace dockless bike sharing, and now will become the first in the state to welcome shared electric scooters.
“Yonkers is pleased to once again lead the way as a progressive city in offering smart, emission-free transportation solutions for our community,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Partnering with Bird will provide residents and visitors the opportunity to travel our city with ease and convenience all while being affordable, reliable and fun.”
Chicago also recently selected Bird to operate in the city’s 2020 micromobility programme.