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City of Yonkers launches shared e-scooter scheme

This marks the first ever e-scooter pilot in New York State and is scheduled to launch later this month with electric transportation specialist Bird the exclusive provider. 

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The fleet of Bird Two e-scooters will launch in Yonkers later this month
The fleet of Bird Two e-scooters will launch in Yonkers later this month

The City of Yonkers in New York is launching a shared e-scooter programme with electric transportation specialist Bird.

 

Bird will be the exclusive provider of shared e-scooters to residents and visitors.

 

This marks the first ever e-scooter pilot in New York State and is scheduled to launch later this month with a fleet of Bird Two scooters.

 

Embracing micro-mobility

 

Yonkers was one of the first cities in New York State to embrace dockless bike-share in 2018 and the city is further advancing its commitment to sustainability with shared e-scooters.

 

“Yonkers is pleased to once again lead the way as a progressive city in offering smart, emission-free transportation solutions for our community,” said Yonkers mayor Mike Spano.

 

“Partnering with Bird will provide residents and visitors the opportunity to travel our city with ease and convenience all while being affordable, reliable and fun.”

 

Yonkers’ embrace of shared e-scooters is also another strong indication that urban transportation is rapidly evolving in response to a coronavirus pandemic that has underscored the importance of sustainable, socially distant mobility options. During Covid-19 lockdowns around the world, cities globally have introduced plans for more than 2,600 additional miles of slow streets and temporary bike lanes.

"Yonkers is pleased to once again lead the way as a progressive city in offering smart, emission-free transportation solutions for our community"

According to ABI Research’s Smart Bikes, Scooters, and Pedelecs: Expansion of Two Wheel Shared Transportation Market, the worldwide installed base of micro-mobility vehicles is forecast to reach 50 million by 2026 as its ability to ‘fit’ a post-Covid-19 transportation landscape proves decisive in its comeback.

 

"Yonkers’ dedication to micromobility is unparalleled, and Bird is honoured to serve in the first e-scooter pilot programme both here and in New York State," added Rebecca Hahn, chief corporate social responsibility officer of Bird.

 

“Like so many New Yorkers, Yonkers residents are adopting more socially-distant transportation habits in the wake of Covid-19. We’re looking forward to providing a safe, sustainable and convenient way for them to stay mobile and support local businesses as the city continues to recover and rebuild.”

 

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