Bird scooters are now available to be ridden in Eastpointe.

Bird scooters are now available to be ridden in Eastpointe.

Photo by Brian Wells


Bird scooters come to Eastpointe

By: Brian Wells | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 27, 2022

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EASTPOINTE — Since late March, Residents and visitors to Eastpointe have had a new way to get around the city — Bird e-scooters.

“Being able to have these scooters in Eastpointe provides a safe, cost-effective way to get around Eastpointe while also bringing new innovations to the city,” Eastpointe Public Information Officer Ra’Shell Funchess said in an email.

Bird Scooters made a presentation to City Council at its Dec. 7 meeting about bringing the electric scooters to Eastpointe. It was agreed upon that the discussion would be postponed while final details were put together.

A final agreement was brought before the City Council at its March 1 meeting, where the agreement was passed 5-0.

The scooters can be unlocked by using the Ride Electric app on a smartphone device.

It will cost users $1 to start a scooter, Funchess said. Then, there will be a per-minute fee. Discounts are available for veterans, senior citizens, select community and nonprofit groups, and residents on low-income access programs.

Using the Ride Electric app on a smartphone, riders can locate and unlock the scooters, as well as find a safe place to park them and report issues.

The scooters are calibrated to go a maximum of 15 miles per hour, but it is recommended to start at slower speeds and move up, according to a press release from the city. Riders must also be 18 or older, and it is recommended that they wear helmets and keep both hands on the bars and both feet on the footboard while riding.

Users also are asked to remember to park the scooters responsibly and not block any doorways, ramps or sidewalks. Scooters that are parked in violation can be reported through the app, by emailing the company at hello@bird.co or by calling the Bird support line at (866) 205-2442.

“The city encourages residents to use Bird’s customer service portal and Community Mode to prevent scooters from blocking the right of ways,” Funchess said. “However, Bird does offer parking management that directs and incentivizes riders to park in designated areas.”

Software and GPS tracking keep the scooters operating within the area of service. They can cross into other municipalities as long as they both have Bird service.

Garrett Gronowski, a Bird senior account executive, said Eastpointe residents can expect to see scooters anywhere bikes are ridden.

The city did not incur any cost to bring the scooters to Eastpointe, Funchess said.

Contact Staff Writer Brian Wells at (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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