The micromobility company will partner with cities in North America and some European countries that do not have, or are looking to supplement, an existing bike or scooter-sharing network.
Electric vehicle company Bird has announced the addition of shared e-bikes to its fleet of micro-electric vehicles.
Bird reports it currently operates e-scooters in more than 250 cities globally and intends to introduce its shared bikes and newly launched Smart Bikeshare platform to select cities this year.
With shared e-bikes, Bird said it will partner with cities that do not have, or are looking to supplement, an existing bike or scooter-sharing network to offer the “highest quality vehicles” and operations designed to meet the mobility needs of all riders.
“Shared e-scooters catapulted shared micromobility to the centre stage of eco-friendly transportation in cities by providing more than 150 million zero-emission trips globally,” said Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird.
“We are launching our shared Bird bike and Smart Bikeshare platform to meet fast-growing demand from cities and riders for more sustainable transportation options while expanding our serviceable addressable market by five billion trips per year.”
Each shared e-bike is equipped with a high-powered electric motor capable of powering riders up hills with as much as a 20 per cent grade while its 75-pound frame and step through design offers riders of all sizes a sturdy yet manoeuvrable vehicle for increased safety, Bird claims.
“Our vision of smart, responsible bike-sharing is to provide the best shared bikes and operations when cities need them and having the foresight to offer the best support and multimodal integrations when they don’t”
Additionally, the e-bike has a front basket for storage, large pneumatic tires for a smooth ride, and IoT features such as self-automating onboard diagnostics, geospeed technology and multi-mode geolocation to ensure compliant operations in cities and towns of all sizes.
According to Bird, it can provide communities with a suite of offerings including the e-bike, integrations with locally owned and operated bikeshare services, partnerships with transit apps for comprehensive trip planning, and access to additional eco-friendly transportation options such as e-mopeds provided by third parties.
Collaboration is at the heart of Bird’s operations, and the company claims it is the first scooter operator to integrate with existing local shared-bike and e-moped providers and transit apps. In Italy for example, Bird is partnering with Zig Zag by integrating its electric vehicle availability directly in the Bird app to promote shared micromobility use.
Bird is also working closely with groups like the North American Bikeshare Association (Nabsa) and other transportation organisations around the world to bring these kinds of integrations to additional cities.
“Cities and riders are best served by efficient, collaborative and non-monopolised transportation networks,” added VanderZanden. “Our vision of smart, responsible bike-sharing is to provide the best shared bikes and operations when cities need them and having the foresight to offer the best support and multimodal integrations when they don’t. Cities, people and the planet win when there is greater access to eco-friendly transportation.”
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