Scooter-Share Company Tosses Financial Reports
Bird was counting money in customers’ digital “wallets” as revenue, and has admitted that financial statements from 2020 and 2021 “should no longer be relied upon.”
Micromobility Growing in Smaller Cities
Shared mobility services are proliferating in small towns and cities, despite the regulatory hiccups operators have been experiencing in larger markets.
The Electric Scooter Rebound
The nascent electric scooter rental industry came close to total collapse during the pandemic, but riders are back in bigger numbers than ever and the companies hope to build momentum on growing concerns about the climate impacts of transportation.
E-Scooter Helmet Laws Could Harm Ridership
Transportation experts warn that mandatory helmet laws for shared e-scooters could cripple the nascent industry and discourage casual rides.
Bird Scooters Now Automatically Slow in High-Activity Areas
Years after cities first started trying to regulate electric scooters with geofences and designated parking areas, Bird will begin automatically lowering scooter speeds in pedestrian-dense areas like school zones and hospitals.
E-Scooters Are Coming to New York City
Major micromobility comapnies and lesser known competitors are stating their interest to take part in a New York City e-scooter pilot program slated for Spring 2021.
Mobility Companies All Over the PPP Recipients' List
The transportation industry has been promising high-tech innovations for years, and has attracted a lot of big time investment dollars along the way. But it looks like some of them are struggling during the pandemic anyway.
Why Bird Ended its Infrastructure Funding Program
Months after ending a program to help cities fund transportation infrastructure improvements, a company official says city governments were misusing the funds.
Shared Mobility Subsidies Dry Up, Revealing the Industry’s Economic Realities
Companies are looking to generate profits, but customers have come to expect low-cost, subsidized travel and raising prices will prove challenging.
Scooter Companies Convene Advisory Groups to Promote Safety
Both Bird and Lime have organized boards of experts to conduct research and advise the companies as their micromobility ventures grow.
Bird's the Word: A Two-Wheeled, Two-Seater Electric Bike
Bird, a brand synonymous with electric scooters, recently unveiled a new electric bike.
Electric Scooters Less Common in Low-Income Neighborhoods, Despite Local Regulations
Regulations for the operation of electric scooter share in Columbus, Ohio require companies to distribute scooter in low-income neighborhoods. The companies haven't been living up to their part of the deal.
A Company of Scooter Vigilantes Sparks a Lawsuit
A lawsuit by Bird and Lime against the company Scooter Removal highlights the difficult challenges required to reconcile the private interests of new mobility companies with the access to the public realm on which they depend.
More Rights, Fewer Responsibilities, for Electric Scooter Riders in California
A bill that would toss the helmet requirement for adult e- scooter riders and allow them to ride on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph, up from the current limit of 25 mph, is on Governor Jerry Brown's desk. He has until Sept. 30 to decide.
Baltimore Municipal Bike Share Ends; Private Bike Share Pilot Begins
Dockless electric scooters and bikes are welcome on the streets of Baltimore, as long as they follow a few rules. In related news, the municipal bike share system Baltimore Bike Share has ceased operations.
Pilot Bike and Scooter Share Program Inspires Protest in Santa Monica
Bird and Lime launched their "Day Without A Scooter" protest this week.
Looking for Scooter Shame, a Local Paper Found Scooter Support
The Willamette Week put out a call for tips about electric scooter users acting badly. They got an earful of the unexpected.
Study: Scooters Are Really Popular
The narrative of electric scooter users as affluent, entitled, and "tech bro-y" does not reflect the demographics of fans of the new mobility technology, according to a new study. Electric scooters are actually very popular.
Scooter Companies Offering Discounted Rides for Low-Income Users
Bird announced its One Bird program earlier this month.
Bird, Lime Now Valued Over $3 Billion
The fast-rising scooter companies recently hauled in big investment dollars. Lime's investment comes by way of Uber.
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