People all over Oklahoma City (OKC) are rushing around on the newest craze; Bird Scooters. The company launched in Oklahoma City, Midtown and Bricktown in early August. They can be rented using the Bird app available for Apple and Android. Customers can open the app to find a nearby scooter and unlock it to ride. They cost $1 to unlock and $0.15 per minute of riding.
Bird also created a new job to coincide with the scooter craze; chargers. Chargers are anyone over 18 willing to pick up the scooters bring them to their residence to charge at night.
Local opinions on the low speed electric scooters are mixed, as some customers love the new transportation system and others are concerned about the lack of regulation. The scooters themselves are black with the Bird logo on the side and are distinctly identifiable to pedestrians.
A major concern is the company’s lack of permits. City council has approved an ordinance allowing the city to impound scooters if they are left in public right-of-ways. However, they can be left in parks and sidewalks.
The scooters are are very helpful to people needing to hurry through traffic and they are a way for Oklahoma City to keep up with the technology available in big cities.
Bird is available to anyone over 18 years of age with a driver’s license, but riders are ignoring the rules and using parents and older friends’ IDs.
So far, there haven’t been any major accidents regarding the scooters, but helmets are encouraged while riding. Even though these helmets don’t change the fact that electric scooters are notoriously dangerous to ride if the rider has no prior experience.
Bird Scooters are the newest technology update and it should be welcomed warmly by OKC citizens. When new devices are available, people are more likely to move in; the scooters could possibly lead to an eventual population growth in OKC. New cyber-esque technology has been shown to bring new people and jobs into growing cities such as in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Dallas. These scooters could be the boost Oklahoma needs to bring a new influx of residents.
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