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Bird wants $1,299 for an e-scooter you won't have to share

Bird says its new One e-scooter can survive a year of abuse Bird now sells an expensive 'electric rose' e-scooter (it's pink)
Emmett Howard | 12 May, 2019, 03:39

The company says Bird One owners will also have access to the Bird Hunter Network, contractors trained to locate and recover missing scooters.

The $1,299 price tag comes with a one-year warranty and a $100 credit toward any rentable Bird e-scooters, such as those now available in Brookline, the company said. "Now, whether you want to share, rent, or own, Bird provides an option for everyone".

RideKC, which already operates e-bikes in the city, will be adding scooters to its fleet.

The hope is to draft a scootershare permit pilot over "the next few months", working with transit, bike oversight boards, disability rights groups, and local businesses.

The Santa Monica-based startup has seen its scooter-share fleets scale up to 100 cities around the world in the past year or so.

E-scooter startup Bird announced today that it will begin selling the Bird One model directly to consumers later this month. Bird lost money on each scooter and is now planning to transition its fleet to in-house models. "Seattle will require full indemnification provisions to protect our taxpayers from lawsuits", she wrote. "As with any product, injuries can happen, but head injuries are some of the most common scooter injuries".

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First, she noted that scootershare should "be a complement" to bikeshare, rather than a replacement.

You might notice a new electric, dockless scooter cruising city streets starting this week. "That's why the social equity part of this pilot program is so important".

The announcement steals a bit of thunder from Seattle City Council members, who are planning a demonstration event at City Hall Thursday, where scooters will be available for test rides followed by a discussion among Portland officials who have implemented a scooter-share program.

Bird has a lot riding on its new and improved scooters, amid reporting they've struggled to make a profit on the micromobility technology.

O'Brien said he's interested in learning more about scooter-related injuries but "no more anxious about it than I would be with other modes".

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