According to the news service, in just one year, with financial and investment growth, Bird Rides are wheeling along in large cities across the USA. The handy electric two-wheelers go up to 15 miles per hour, are rented via a computer app, cost $1 to unlock and 15¢ per minute to ride.
While many people enjoy the economy, convenient transport and availability of the scooters, not everyone is pleased about scooters scooting up and down busy city sidewalks. For some, particularly the elderly, handicapped and families with small kids, there is need to dodge the speedy vehicles, as well as growing dangers of collisions. Also, because the scooters can be left almost anywhere after use, there is danger, especially at night, of tripping over them on darkened sidewalks.