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Posted on: June 22, 2022

Micromobility is coming to the city with the launch of Bird Scooters in Brighton

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The City of Brighton and Bird, a leader in environmentally-friendly electric transportation, are teaming up to bring shared e-scooters to the city. The launch of Bird in Brighton will be on Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Brighton City Hall (500 S. 4th Avenue). The electric Bird scooters are part of the growing micromobility movement aimed at reducing gas-powered car trips, traffic and carbon emissions.

On April 5, City Council passed (7 yes to 1 no, with one absence) a shared electric scooter ordinance to amend Brighton Municipal Code to authorize the operation and licensing of shared electric scooters in the city. The ordinance requires licensing of micromobility devices in the city, establishes rules and regulations governing the operation of shared electric scooters and micromobility devices, sets up safety and maintenance requirements, outlines penalties, fines, suspension or revocation of license and more.

“We are excited to offer a new, eco-friendly form of transportation to the Brighton community,” said Michael Woodruff, Director of Public Works. “It’s another step in our commitment to embracing new modes of transit and innovation in the world of transportation.”

To use the e-scooters, individuals must download the Bird app (available in the Apple Store or Google Play) and sign up. Through the app, you can find nearby Bird scooters and then activate the scooter by scanning its QR code. In total, 200 Bird e-scooters will deploy in the city. Pricing is $1 to unlock the scooter and $0.39/minute thereafter.

Safety rules:

-You must be at least 18 years of age to ride a Bird scooter

-Helmets are encouraged while riding

-Follow all traffic rules including street signs and stop signs

-Do not ride on sidewalks; do ride in bike lanes/sharrows or on trails that are at least 8 feet wide 

-Adhere to “no ride” (i.e. Bridge Street) and “slow ride” (i.e The Pavillions) zones

-Use caution at crosswalks

-Only one rider per vehicle

-Do not block entry ways, private property, pedestrian paths or sidewalks

To see a map of e-scooter boundaries, click here

To report concerns about Bird scooters or riders, go to https://help.bird.co/hc/en-us/sections/360008988071-Community-Concerns (English) or https://help.bird.co/hc/es-mx/sections/360008988071-Preocupaciones-Comunitarias (Spanish). You can also report concerns by emailing hello@bird.co or calling 866-205-2442. 

For questions, please contact Noe Martinez, Public Works Engineer, at namartinez@brightonco.gov or 303-655-2259.

About Bird
Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solutions such as e-scooters and e-bikes to communities across the world. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is rapidly expanding. Today, it provides fleets of shared micro electric vehicles to riders in more than 400 cities globally and makes its products available for purchase at www.bird.co and via leading retailers and distribution partners. Bird partners closely with the cities in which it operates to provide a reliable and affordable transportation option for people who live and work there.

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