WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’ve been around West Springfield lately, you may have noticed electric scooters. They’re called bird scooters and they first arrived this summer.
The electric scooters are now available to rent in West Springfield. The mayor is reminding people not to park the scooters in the middle of sidewalks so that people can get by.
Alex from West Springfield feels the scooters can be useful, especially for people who don’t have a car. “The fear would be that they could cause accidents or something like that. But on the other hand, if it helps get people around, it could be a useful option for a lot of people.”
For those looking to rent a scooter, download Bird’s free mobile phone app for the exact locations of the scooters, how to use them, and pricing. According to Mayor Reichelt, there is a map in the app where it shows riders where the scooters can be ridden or not ridden. He also recommends people wear helmets but they are not required.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bird to West Springfield and look forward to offering community members a new, eco-friendly, and fun way to get around. Whether going to a local restaurant or Mittineague Park, residents and visitors will now have a new way to get there,” said Mayor William Reichelt. “We expect the arrival of the scooters to bring economic impact to our city, with riders more likely to shop at local businesses.”
The app states it is $1 to start and $0.39 per minute plus tax to ride a scooter. According to a news release sent to 22News from the Town of West Springfield, Bird offers some of the following features:
- Community Pricing: Bird’s inclusive Community Pricing Program offers a 50% discount to low-income riders, Pell grant recipients, select local nonprofit and community organizations, veterans, and senior citizens. Those who can qualify by downloading the Bird app, creating an account, and emailing proof of eligibility to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Free Rides for Healthcare Workers and Emergency Personnel: To recognize the individuals whose work continues to be so crucial to the health and safety of our communities, Bird offers free rides to healthcare workers and emergency personnel. Those who can qualify by emailing a copy of their medical identification card, name and phone number to email@example.com. Eligible riders receive two free 30-minute rides per day.
- Community Mode: Bird values community input. Anyone with a Bird account can report or provide feedback on vehicle-related issues such as poorly parked or damaged vehicles in their area by tapping the yield sign on the bottom left of the in-app Bird map. When a report is submitted, someone is assigned to correct the issue.