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Electric Scooter Sharing
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:22:40 PM »
Bird launched in Nashville last week and there was a serious accident right away:
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/05/14/women-electric-scooters-injured-downtown-nashville-hit-and-run-crash/606639002/

These dockless bike and scooter services will probably all go bankrupt in 2-3 years...a dock-based electric bike and electric scooter program supported by municipalities makes way more sense. 
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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 12:01:48 AM »
RTA's rail system has a huge last-mile problem because large sections were built through industrial areas. The city/county/RTA should really look into incorporating electric scooters into the network (possibly with fare transfers or docks at Rapid stations). Taking an electric scooter for the final mile of the trip sure beats waiting 30-45 minutes for a low frequency bus.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 05:21:05 PM »

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2018, 06:11:30 PM »
We just got Bird in Austin and I took my first ride today. It was pretty awesome. And cheaper than bike shares from what I could tell. Took it out for an hour, went 7.5 miles and spent $10.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2018, 11:09:17 AM »
The electric scooters are probably going to beat-out dockless e-bike sharing for the simple fact that they're much easier to recharge:
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/electric-scooters-are-the-cargo-shorts-of-transportation/561440/

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2018, 03:45:28 PM »
I liked the Bird scooters so much I ended up just buying one. Bird uses the Xiaomi M365 which retails @$500. However Swagtron (I felt very embarrassed purchasing something from a company with that name) just started selling the 5, which as far as I can tell is manufactured by the same company but can be bought on the Swagtron website for $375. If you live in neighborhoods like Ohio City/Gordon Square/OTR/Short North they would be very practical for commuting to the respective downtowns, with a range of >10 miles. I mean, at least for the 2-ish months of the year in Ohio when it doesn’t snow /s.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2018, 03:52:24 PM »
Used Bird in Atlanta. They are fun but not great at either going up or going down hills.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2018, 05:00:35 PM »
D-list celebs + paparazzi love Bird! 

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2018, 09:59:01 AM »
Bird has arrived in Columbus, seen on Capitol Square this morning. According to the app they are currently spread though Downtown, Short North, German Village, and Campus.


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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2018, 01:40:14 PM »
She seems like fun -- Bad Fun.

Yeah, she's the one where people who party pretty hard in college turn to each together and say now she has a problem. 

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2018, 05:14:34 PM »
Electric Scooters Now Available to Rent in and Around Downtown

As of this morning, Columbus residents can now use their smartphones to book and pay for a ride on a small electric scooter. Dozens of the scooters, from California-based company Bird, were deployed today around Downtown, the Short North, and Bexley.

Much like the LimeBikes that recently arrived in the city, the scooters are scattered throughout a neighborhood and do not need to be returned to a docking station.

Unlike Lime, though, Bird does not appear to have reached out to neighborhood groups in advance of the launch or discussed the details with the City of Columbus.

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/scooters-now-available-to-rent-in-and-around-downtown-bw1

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2018, 10:08:59 AM »
(Not sure exactly where this belongs.  Feel free to move as it's not exactly bicycle related, but follows a similar model as CoGo.)

http://www.columbusalive.com/news/20180711/bird-scooters-have-landed-in-columbus

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Los Angeles-based startup Bird selected Columbus as its most recent landing place, as multiple electric scooters were spotted on High Street Downtown on Wednesday, July 11.

A Bird spokesperson confirmed to Alive that there are also scooters located in the Short North, the Arena District and Bexley.

“Columbus is a city that recognizes the importance of an accessible and reliable transit system,” the company said. “We are excited to bring our affordable, environmentally friendly transportation option to the people and communities of Columbus. Birds are perfect for those ‘last mile’ trips that are too long to walk, but too short to drive.”

Bird scooters have arrived in Columbus.  It's a ride-sharing system of electric scooters.
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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2018, 05:14:26 PM »
Bexley already pulled Bird scooters off the streets – will Columbus follow?

The Bird Ride scooters left the city of Bexley as fast as they came. By Wednesday evening, the scooters sat in the Bexley police station, untouched by patrons.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/07/12/bexley-already-pulled-bird-scooters-off-the.html
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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2018, 01:28:41 PM »
So a few days in and these are already proving very popular. I'm glad they've finally arrived in Columbus. Just sitting at Mikey's for an hour on Friday night and walking around the SN a bit, I lost count of how many people I saw zipping around on bird scooters. It's still kind of a mess as far as people figuring out where/how to ride though. No one had a helmet on (which is supposedly required), and it was split roughly 50-50 between people riding in the street or on the sidewalk

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2018, 12:59:14 PM »
So a few days in and these are already proving very popular. I'm glad they've finally arrived in Columbus. Just sitting at Mikey's for an hour on Friday night and walking around the SN a bit, I lost count of how many people I saw zipping around on bird scooters. It's still kind of a mess as far as people figuring out where/how to ride though. No one had a helmet on (which is supposedly required), and it was split roughly 50-50 between people riding in the street or on the sidewalk

Who knows how long the Bird Scooter fun will last?  But it does seem like people are enjoying them while the weather's good - or until someone gets hurt.  Check out the NBC4 video below that shows people zipping along High Street among all the traffic and construction!  During that video you also see someone riding it on the sidewalk.  And the only rider seen wearing a helmet was the NBC4 reporter!

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2018, 01:41:58 PM »
I find it somewhat amusing that the guy who spent years and years developing in the Segway could have just come up with...this. 

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2018, 02:37:05 PM »
I recently got back from San Diego and these things were like the plague, just littering the sidewalks all over Ocean Beach. Tripping hazard doesn't even begin to describe it. There needs to be specific painted or designated areas to park them in for me to not hate them. Also I was in a car with a Lyft driver and we hit a person on one who had cut between two parked cars into the street. They ended up being fine but seeing a person roll across your hood isn't what you expect on vacation.

My question is, how do these not just get stolen and broken down all the time? Am I just a hillbilly that when I see a pile of these on the sidewalk I picture the guy in Covington that throws scrap metal in his pickup and would just take these to River City Recycling to get a hundred bucks?

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2018, 02:47:15 PM »
My question is, how do these not just get stolen and broken down all the time? Am I just a hillbilly that when I see a pile of these on the sidewalk I picture the guy in Covington that throws scrap metal in his pickup and would just take these to River City Recycling to get a hundred bucks?

Yeah I worked at a place where people would mess up cutting aluminum and stainless steel just so they could go down and sell the scrap. 


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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2018, 09:56:48 AM »
Just saw a Bird scooter at 6th and Race a few minutes ago. Maybe I missed the news, but I guess these have arrived in Cincinnati as well.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2018, 10:12:20 AM »
This is a terrible photo from my car, but I spotted a bird at government square this morning in Cincinnati.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2018, 11:50:30 AM »
I'm curious to see how they climb the hills, if at all.  I saw somebody write that you aren't supposed to ride them downhill at all.  That could be a problem. 

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2018, 12:00:59 PM »
With wheels that small downhills can really suck. It would be really easy to wind up in a tank slapper, like those videos of little kids crashing Razors on hills and sliding 30 feet on asphalt.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2018, 03:03:06 PM »
I'm curious to see how they climb the hills, if at all.  I saw somebody write that you aren't supposed to ride them downhill at all.  That could be a problem. 


They are not great at hills

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2018, 04:11:43 PM »
Bird launched this morning in Cincinnati. I rode one around for about an hour today and it works pretty well as a way of getting around in the urban core. You can get up to about 15 MPH on flat-ish streets which is about as fast as you would want to go on one of those things. The Vine Street hill between 3rd and 4th streets was doable but you slow way down. We tried to go up to Mt. Adams and it just doesn't work at all. We tried to go across the Purple People Bridge and got yelled at; you're not allowed to take "electrics" on the bridge, yelled the guy. I could see using this method of transportation in a lot of different situations. I think the challenge here will be getting people to ride on the streets instead of the sidewalks. Hopefully this will force a large conversation about our city's complete dropping-of-the-ball when it comes to building bike lanes.

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Re: Bird Electric Scooter Sharing
« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2018, 04:26:19 PM »
Are you really not allowed on the Purple People Bridge with an electric motor?