"Given the excitement and demand for our next generation e-scooter, we are also making a limited supply of Bird Ones available to own".
The $1,299 price tag comes with a one-year warranty and a $100 credit toward any rentable Bird e-scooters, such as those now available in Brookline, the company said.
City officials launched a year-long pilot program Thursday, which will gauge how electric bicycles and scooters fit into Kansas City's public transportation system and regulations. In partnership with pedestrian and bicyclist advocacy group BikeWalkKC, RideKC rolled out electric bicycles in December, and is now adding electric scooters. The pilot program is helping Bird scale its presence across global cities without the cost and effort it takes to launch Bird-run scooter fleets. The price is $1,299, and buyers get $100 in ride credits for Bird's shared scooters.
Scooter sharing has exploded in popularity, and that's led to a lot of broken scooters.
Third, she noted the issues with legal liability that often walk hand-in-hand with scootershares. "Seattle will require full indemnification provisions to protect our taxpayers from lawsuits", she wrote.
You might notice a new electric, dockless scooter cruising city streets starting this week.
First, she noted that scootershare should "be a complement" to bikeshare, rather than a replacement. The program allows customers to rent a scooter for $24.99 a month with no number of rides capped.
"RideKC is the only transit authority in the country that's now integrating scooters as part of the regional transit network, which really goes to show how progressive our team here in Kansas City has been with their approach", Vaughan said.
O'Brien, who chairs the council's transportation committee, welcomed the news. "We have to be smart about how we're going to deploy these, take what we've learned from bike-share and do a better job at protecting the pedestrian environment, but I also know people are excited for new mobility options".