Bird in an effort to prevent injuries from riders is offer ing a 100 city s.h.a.r.e. Safe Streets tour.
In promoting the events, they show a man with a gold watch and helmet looking at his phone for the letter s, saying “Navigate traffic and bike lanes with care.”
But later the website says for “a, is for always alert—Save the selfies and music for after the ride.”
Each in-person s.h.a.r.e. event is free, open to the public, and offers attendees and passersby an immersive and interactive educational experience. In partnership with local organizations, businesses, and health and safety experts, Bird will showcase the fundamentals of safe road use for non-car users. This includes micro-mobility vehicle basics, free helmets and helmet fittings, tutorials of local rules of the road and parking best practices, which will also stress sober riding, as drinking and riding e-scooters is illegal. Bird will also provide tips to car drivers on how to be more aware of all road users including pedestrians, cyclists, and e-scooter riders. Individuals who might not want to hop on an e-scooter can experience micro-mobility via a custom virtual reality experience.
Whether a first-time rider, an avid cyclist, or an experienced e-scooter rider, responsible riding helps improve our neighborhoods and communities for everyone. Bird’s s.h.a.r.e. Safe Street events in San Jose on June 26th and in Nashville on June 27th, will help make responsible riding simple and achievable by providing attendees with five essential s.h.a.r.e tips:
- Safe riding. Navigate traffic and bike lanes with care.
- Heightened awareness. Anticipate what others might do.
- Always alert. Save the selfies and music for after the ride.
- Respect for pedestrians. Yield and keep walkways accessible.
- Every voice matters. Get involved to help your city reshape its streets.
“Responsible riding benefits and improves the safety and quality of our communities,” said Paul Steely White, director of Safety Policy and Advocacy at Bird. “While e-scooters have been embraced by millions globally, it is essential that all road users are aware of the rules of the road and of the various types of transportation individuals are embracing today. We look forward to kicking off our Bird s.h.a.r.e. Safe Streets tour to connect more deeply with cities and to help individuals safely and responsibly replace their car trips with micro-mobility options.”
During the tour riders will be able to meet the vehicle and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.
On June 18 Bird announced that it is rolling out a comprehensive parking solution that drives riders to park in predetermined agreed locations throughout Paris, in response to complaints from the mayor.
“The new parking solution directs riders to end their ride in a predefined location in order to help ensure Birds are parked responsibly and out of the pedestrian right of way. This experience, when coupled with Birds’ innovative geofencing and Bird Watcher program, provides a solution to the parking issues the city has faced. ”
This new in-app parking experience directs riders to set parking spaces using visual reference points, real time navigation, and GPS enabled alerts informing them once they are within an approved parking space. To encourage riders to park correctly, those who park in the designated zones will get rewarded with money off their next ride.
On June 15, 2019, Bird’s shared electric scooter fleet landed on the streets of Chicago as part of the city-run pilot program.