The City of Brooklyn Park has approved a license for shared electric scooter company, Bird, to bring e-scooters to the city beginning July 1, 2021. The scooters are available through a mobile phone application and riders pay to use the scooter per minute, at no cost to the city. The company plans on offering scooters to residents and visitors to help reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions. The scooters also provide a safe way to get around and offer another transportation option to residents without vehicles!
The locations of the scooters is determined by Bird and may change over time to meet demand and ridership. Nearby scooters can be found using the Bird app.
Currently, the service area for motorized scooters is limited to the City of Brooklyn Park until additional agreements are established with surrounding cities. In addition, these scooters are not currently allowed to be used within a city park.
Bird requires users to be 18 years or older to ride the scooters and helmets are strongly encouraged.
Electric scooters traveling on public streets must follow all traffic laws and are not allowed on public sidewalks and must never block driveways, roadways, or sidewalks. Riders must stay on the far-right side of the roadway and walk the scooter when turning left. Scooters must be parked upright.
Bird offers the following programs that are available for all who qualify:
- Community Pricing – Bird’s Community Pricing Program offers a 50% discount to low-income riders, Pell grant recipients, select local nonprofit and community organizations, veterans, and senior citizens. It’s designed to be the most inclusive micromobility discount program available anywhere. To sign up for the Community Pricing Program, download the Bird app, create an account, and email your proof of eligibility to email@example.com.
- Free Rides for Healthcare Workers and Emergency Personnel – Bird is proud to offer free rides to healthcare workers and emergency personnel. To sign up, simply email a copy of your medical identification card along with your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Eligible riders will receive two free 30-minute rides per day for as long as it takes to help our communities to recover from this global health crisis.
If a resident has questions, concerns or a complaint about the e-scooters the company can be reached directly at 1-866-205-2442 or email@example.com. The fastest way to report a concern is through Bird’s mobile app. More information about the company can be found on their website (www.bird.co) and on their blog (www.bird.co/blog).
If a complaint is not being addressed in a timely manner, residents can call the city at 763-493-8182 or email at BPLicense@brooklynpark.org to report the issue.