Bird is the Word: Rentable electric scooters pop up around Intown

Over the last few weeks, you might have noticed people riding on sleek black scooters around Midtown, Downtown and West End. Or maybe you’ve seen them parked in various locations around Virginia-Highland and Inman Park.

Atlanta is one of the first cities – along with Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin and Washington D.C. – to get the dockless, electric Bird scooters. You simply download the Bird app to your smartphone to find a “nest” (an area where the scooters are grouped together each morning) or to find one parked along the street. The scooters top speed is 15 miles per hour and can run for about 15 miles on a single charge. Sorry, kids, but you have to be 18 or older to rent and ride.

The  cost is $1 to start a ride and then 15 cents per minute. Bird scooters are only available during the day. Rentals begin at 7 a.m., while a Bird crew begins picking up the scooters for recharging and maintenance every evening at 8 p.m.

The company, which is based in Venice, CA, says the Bird is perfect for short journey across town or down that “last-mile” from the subway or bus to their destination.

To get more information or download the app, visit bird.co.

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