WINDSOR, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bird Canada today announced that its shared e-scooters and bikes will be back in the city of Windsor starting this week. Weather permitting, Windsor residents will once again be able to choose between e-scooters and e-bikes for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to get around the area bounded by the Riverfront Pathway to the north, Prince Road to the west, Tecumseh Road to the south and Drouillard Road to the east. Additionally, through Bird Canada’s partnership with the University of Windsor, Bird vehicles can now also be used on campus.
“Windsor residents fully embraced our e-scooters last year, making it our most successful first-year deployment for a city in Canada. We believe we will see even greater adoption this year as riders move from seeing electric scooters as novelty to using them as a reliable, alternative form of transportation,” said Stewart Lyons, CEO of Bird Canada. “We also anticipate renewed interest in our Bird bikes, which will be widely available across the city throughout the season.”
Bird vehicles are an efficient mode of travel to restaurants, bars, retail outlets, schools, and more. In 2021, 22,520 people in Windsor rode Bird electric scooters, riding an average of 2.8 kilometers per trip, for a total distance traveled of 564,866 kilometers.
Bird Canada plans to showcase a range of services and options available to Windsor residents through the Bird app, with the aim of increasing foot traffic to support local businesses. Through its collaboration with Windsor’s local business community, Bird Canada is also working to create an ecosystem of incentives for Bird Canada users in the city.
Winter driving tips
With unpredictable conditions forecast into spring, residents of Windsor are urged to pay even more attention to safety when riding a scooter or bike:
After checking local weather conditions, those looking to ride a Bird should open the Bird app to confirm if Birds are flying that day. In the event of adverse weather conditions, birds will not be available to runners.
Cyclists are urged to exercise extra caution when riding in colder conditions by slowing down earlier and giving people and vehicles around them plenty of space.
Rain or shine, obeying the rules of the road, including following the flow of traffic and yielding to pedestrians, is key to driver safety.
Wearing multiple layers, waterproof shoes, and warm gloves in colder months helps make riding more comfortable in cooler temperatures.
The use of doorbells on Bird vehicles will ensure that cars, cyclists and pedestrians are aware of a driver’s presence.
The Windsor rider follows general rules and requirements set by the Province of Ontario, including a minimum age of 16, mandatory helmet use for riders under 18, and electric scooters fitted with a bell , a brake and lights. Bird Canada electric scooters will travel at a maximum speed of 20 km per hour, and riding will be prohibited on sidewalks, but permitted on all city-owned cycling facilities, multi-use paths, overpasses and on roads with speed limits of up to 50 km/h. For Windsor’s waterfront trails, all e-scooters will be limited to 15 km/h.
How Bird Canada Electric Scooters and Electric Bikes Work
To use the e-scooters or e-bikes, riders need to download the Bird smartphone app.
Using the app, passengers can locate the best-located Bird vehicle and drive directly to their desired destination.
New passengers receive an in-app tutorial on how to ride a Bird and park it according to local rules.
Riders can start a trip on either vehicle by scanning the QR code located on the e-bike or e-scooter. The cost to drive the vehicles is the same: $1.15 to unlock and $0.35 per minute.
Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet and can request to have a helmet sent to them for free through the app.
Users are requested to park Bird electric scooters and bicycles in the sidewalk furniture area, off the public right-of-way, in line with benches, trees and bicycle racks without obstructing pedestrian traffic. However, Bird Canada encourages all passengers to park in designated City of Windsor parking spaces whenever possible. These designated parking spots can be found in the app.
Certain areas in the City of Windsor are designated as slow zones (15 km/h) or no parking zones, according to City of Windsor guidelines
About Birds Canada
Powered by Bird, Bird Canada Inc. operates an electric vehicle sharing program. Bird Canada is a Canadian-owned and operated company that offers Canadians and visitors to Canada a new way to avoid traffic and get around that’s affordable and uses the latest and greatest in last-mile mobility solutions. innovations for urban areas.
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