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Friday, July 27, 2018

There's now an electric scooter rideshare program in downtown Detroit

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM

  • Photos via Instagram, user @bird

Wouldn't it be nice if you could come across a fully functional scooter, hop on for a quick ride, then leave it for the next needy passerby? Well, now you can: Electric scooter company Bird has expanded to Detroit with a pilot program.

Bird's scooters don't require docking stations like MoGo bikes, but rather can be located and unlocked via an app, then re-locked once they arrive at their destination so the next would-be scooter-er can scoot. They're not designed for long journeys, as they only go 15 miles-per-charge, and they're meant to be used in bike lanes, rather than on sidewalks. One scoot will cost you a $1 starting fee and an additional 15 cents-per-minute of use.

Hello Detroit! #lovebird #enjoytheride

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Bird currently services 22 cities nationwide.

Jacob Stocking is a summer editorial intern at Metro Times.

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