Bird begins operation in the Netherlands with the launch of the Bird Bike in Amersfoort

Posted: 18 January 2022 | | No comments yet

Following the launch of its Smart Bikeshare Program in 2021, Bird has launched its shared e-bike service for riders in Amersfoort, marking the arrival of its first micro-electric vehicles in the Netherlands.

Bird begins operation in the Netherlands

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On 17 January 2022, Bird launched its first micro-electric vehicles in the Netherlands, with shared Bird Bikes now available to riders in the city of Amersfoort, just 20km northeast of Dutch start-up hub Utrecht. Its successful request for proposal (RFP) bid will see up to 150 of Bird’s sky blue e-assist bikes serving the residents of Amersfoort for a period of 1.5 years. 

“It’s great that Bird is the first in the Netherlands to choose Amersfoort,” said Alderman Roald van der Linde, who oversees mobility in the city of 160,000 residents. “We are a city where many concepts are being born and tested. We see the overall shared vehicle offering becoming more and more attractive; you don’t have to own all kinds of vehicles to get to your destination in the best way.”

Bird Bikes in Amersfoort can easily be identified and unlocked via the Bird app. Each vehicle is equipped with a host of safety and sustainability features, including dual hand brakes, advanced onboard diagnostics, aerospace-grade aluminium alloy framing and a maximum range of more than 80km (50 miles) on a single battery charge.

The RFP win in Amersfoort is the latest in a growing series of shared Bird Bike launches around the world, with recent deployments in Rome, Bordeaux, San Diego, Newark and other U.S. and EMEA cities.

Furthermore, industry-first integrations between Bird and local bikeshare and e-moped service providers in cities from Los Angeles and Detroit to Oslo and Florence, demonstrate strong continued demand for multimodal micro-mobility in 2022.