Scooters are not new or revolutionary, but the ability to rent one is both new and revolutionary. Bird scooters are the latest and greatest in getting around cities. They are inexpensive, easy, and quick. It is no wonder people are turning to Bird to get around town on adventures, commutes, and everything in between. Using them is easier than it seems, but if you don’t know how to ride one, we are here to help!
The first step is to download the Bird app through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. You will need a payment method, and just about any credit or debit card will do. Enter your payment info, and you are ready to find your scooter. Through the app, there is a map feature, which will help you locate an available Bird scooter nearest to your location. Bring a helmet because the law says so. When you’ve reached your scooter, tap the “Unlock” button to choose your Bird. The next step is to ride!
Grab the handle bars. Place one foot on the scooter, and use the other foot to push off a couple of times, like you would on a skateboard. Then, put both feet on the scooter and ride away. Once you’re on the go, there is a throttle on the right handlebar, which you can use to keep going. The left handlebar has the brake if you need to slow down or come to a stop. If there are bike lanes, it is best to use those, so you can stay off the sidewalks as much as possible. At your destination, use the left handlebar to slow down and stop. Lean the Bird up against a bike rack, a tree, a railing, or something considerately out of traffic’s way but still easily findable for the next person. Open up the app and click “Lock” to lock the Bird. If you don’t do this, Bird will keep charging you. Make sure to put the kickstand down, otherwise it could tip over! When you’ve locked the Bird, you will be charged for the amount of time you used it! It is quick and simple to get around on Bird scooters.
Helmets are required by law to use stand up motorized scooters, which means to legally use a Bird scooter, you have to have and wear a helmet. This is not a well known law, and many people ride the scooters without helmets. Please note that if you ride without a helmet, you run the risk of receiving a ticket or fine. It is best for your head and wallet to wear one.
Before pushing off on your next adventure, there are a few rules. You have to be 18 or older to rent and ride. No children or multiple people on a scooter. Local laws vary on allowing scooters on sidewalks, so you will want to look into your cities rules before riding a Bird on the sidewalk. Following traffic laws is important, and pedestrians always have the right of way!