Bird and Scootaround want to widen the availability of accessible mobility options
Electric vehicle company Bird has teamed up with Scootaround, a personal transportation solutions provider, to pilot an accessible mobility programme in New York City.
With Bird and Scootaround, persons with disabilities will be able to find, reserve and pay for one of three accessible vehicle types using a custom rider interface available only in the Bird app.
Bird claims riders will benefit from exclusive pricing discounts and have ‘unique’ access to Bird accessible vehicles including the Whill Model Ci2.
“Scootaround and Bird share the fundamental belief that personal, accessible mobility should be available to everyone who needs it,” said Kerry Renaud, CEO and managing director of Scootaround.
“As micromobility options such as shared bikes and scooters continue to expand, we must ensure the benefits of these improved transportation networks be made as widely available as possible, including to persons with disabilities. Innovative partnership programmes like this are an important part of that process, and we welcome Bird’s proactive participation in bringing them to life.”
To begin a reservation, Riders need only tap on the clearly marked button at the bottom of the Bird app. The reservation process allows Bird riders to select their desired accessible vehicle type, rental length between one and 14 days and a convenient pick-up and drop-off location.
“As micromobility options such as shared bikes and scooters continue to expand, we must ensure the benefits of these improved transportation networks be made as widely available as possible, including to persons with disabilities”
The new Bird and Scootaround on-demand accessible mobility service will be rolled out in New York City this summer. Based on the results of the programme, the partners intend to roll it out in additional cities throughout 2021.
A toll-free number is available to help provide immediate answers to questions about the rental process, and on the day of delivery riders will receive a full, in-person tutorial to help them feel comfortable using, charging and storing their new accessible vehicle throughout the duration of the rental.
Available vehicles include both three- and four-wheel scooter options with attached basket for easy storage, as well as the Whill Model Ci2 power chair which received a Red Dot “Best of the Best” award for its design that “promotes a new self-reliance for people who are limited in their mobility.”
The pilot service is part of a series of ongoing initiatives, including Bird’s Ramp Champ safety campaign, intended to ensure that micromobility works for everyone in the community.
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