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Monday, October 15, 2018

Coming Soon? Bird Says It Will Start Delivering Scooters to Customers' Front Doors

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 11:19 AM

click to enlarge Bird scooters like these soon may be delivered to your front door — clearing some off the sidewalks. - GRENDELKHAN
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  • Bird scooters like these soon may be delivered to your front door — clearing some off the sidewalks.
Within days of San Antonio's first regulations for dockless scooters, one rental company may be have devised a workaround for the sidewalk clutter that's pissed off pedestrians and politicians.

California-based Bird, the startup that pioneered the scooter-rental biz, is launching a service to deliver scooters by 8 a.m. at customers' homes so they can tool around on them for the whole day. The company picks up the rental in the evening for a recharge, then drops it off with the next renter.

Right now, customers rent scooters by the minute and simply leave them when they're done. In San Antonio and other cities, that's created controversy when the gadgets end up blocking sidewalks, doors or wheelchair ramps.

Bird said it will launch its daily rental service in some of the 70 US cities in which it already operates, but hasn't yet announced which — or how it will price the service. It's encouraging interested customers to sign a waiting list.

San Antonio last week unveiled a six-month pilot program that designed to rein in some of the perceived excesses of scooter companies and their riders. Among the new rules:
  • Riders must use bike lanes when available, and yield to pedestrians
  • If riders must use the sidewalk, they should maintain a two-foot buffer from pedestrians
  • Riders must be at least 16
  • Scooter companies must pay a $500 application fee plus $10 per scooter
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