The launch is part of an exclusive micromobility contract with San Diego State University and will be available to 34,000 students as well as hundreds of staff and faculty members.
San Diego will become the first city in the US to introduce a fleet of Bird’s latest shared e-bikes.
San Diego State University (SDSU) has partnered with the micro-electric mobility company to offer SDSU students, staff and faculty a carbon-free micromobility option to use on and around campus. SDSU already offers its 44,000 students and hundreds of staff and faculty members Bird’s scooters to navigate the 280-acre campus.
“The SDSU community will have access to exclusive pricing and a selection of Bird’s high-quality scooters and bikes, making transportation efficient, affordable and sustainable,” said Debbie Richeson, director of parking and transportation services at the university.
Bird reports its new shared e-assist bikes come with a host of safety and sustainability features including dual hand brakes, advanced onboard diagnostics, aerospace-grade aluminium alloy framing and a maximum range of 56 miles on a single battery charge.
“The SDSU community will have access to exclusive pricing and a selection of Bird’s high-quality scooters and bikes, making transportation efficient, affordable and sustainable”
SDSU students will have access to reduced prices for unlocks on campus as well as a host of incentives for riding responsibly including “helmet selfie” and automatic ride credits for proper parking.
San Diego has also become one of the first cities globally to offer the company’s newest Bird Three electric scooters in addition to its smart bikeshare programme.
Bird claims the scooter, built to be the “world’s most eco-conscious shared scooter”, incorporates features like the industry’s most sustainable battery, smart braking and acceleration technology, real-time diagnostic monitoring, high visibility and more.
The fleet was launched to help support the City’s ongoing initiatives to encourage micromobility use, perhaps best exemplified by the newly completed protected bike lane along 30th Street between Juniper Street and Polk Avenue.
Since the launch of Bird Three, the company reports scooter utilisation in San Diego has increased significantly. This includes an 80 per cent jump in daily ridership along 30th Street itself from May (pre-bike lane completion) to September 2021 (post-bike lane completion), demonstrating how the availability of quality vehicles combined with protected infrastructure leads to more active bike and scooter communities in cities.
San Diego reckons early adoption of shared bikes and scooters, along with the City’s determination to provide new, safe infrastructure for riders, have made it a national leader in sustainable micromobility use.