Bird Scooters take over the United States, and now Fresno

Bird Scooters take over the United States, and now Fresno

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UPDATE: Sept 17, 2018

Bird Scooters have now been temporarily outlawed in the City of Fresno due to code violations.

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Wesley Hinton | The Feather Online

Bird Scooters are found in major cities, and more recently around the Fresno State campus.

Are Bird Scooters the future or a fad?

Popular cities all over the U.S have been invaded by Birds, but not the aviary type.

Bird is a Scooter Sharing Company based out of Santa Monica, California. Founded by the former executive of Uber and Lyft, Travis VanderZanden aims to bring a new form of city transportation to the table.

To access a scooter, all you need to do is download the free app. From there, a map will appear with Bird scooters located near you. Once you find one, you scan the QR code on the top of the handle.

The scooters do not charge by miles, but by time. Simply pay $1 to unlock, and 15 cents a minute from then on.

Birds are a load of fun. I found the top speed of 15 mph to be the perfect amount. Balancing is super easy, and their large, durable tires allow going on dirt, gravel or grass a possibility.

Design was no oversight. The aesthetics are super minimal, but that Bird logo is quite noticeable so everyone knows what you are riding.

The Birds have no designated charging stations. You can register to be a “charger”. Chargers drive around at night and collect the Birds. They take them to their home, charge them, and drop them off in the morning at a designated “nest” location.

Chargers earn varying rates depending on the accessibility of the scooter.

Campus security guard, Daniel Jessing and Worship Team advisor Daniel Garrison both have the Bird app installed on their phone, but have yet to use it.

“I live in the Fresno State area, and I was driving home one night, and there were these scooters,” Jessing said. “All over the place, every sidewalk. There was probably five or six on every block.”

Not everyone loves this new technology. In fact, some would consider it a nuisance, an eyesore or even a safety hazard. Those walking their daily commute are often dodging zooming Birds, driven by reckless operators.

Due to the fact that scooters can be left anywhere, people can carelessly leave them in the middle of the sidewalk, or in other inconvenient locations.

They are also a very unreliable form of transportation. If you leave one outside while you go in a building, chances are it could be gone when you get back.

City officials are considering a ban on Bird Scooters in Fresno. If you would like to participate in the prevention of this, you can email the elected local representatives with your thoughts.

All that being said, the accessibility and wide supply of Birds make them a fun, affordable and an easy way to get from point A to point B.

I found them to be more fun together. Call your friend and get Birds together for a day in the city or possibly even a first date idea.

 

Wesley Hinton | The Feather Online

Bird is a Scooter Sharing Company based out of Santa Monica, California. Founded by the former executive of Uber and Lyft, Travis VanderZanden aims to bring a new form of city transportation to the table.

There are more Scooter sharing services available. Companies such as Lime, Skip and Scoot all aim to usher scooter services into our lives.

 

Bird is the only scooter sharing service available in Fresno- are more on their way? Do you think electric scooters are the future? Watch this video, and tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Logan Lewis can be reached via twitter @logan6300.

The video below shows Feather staffer, Logan Lewis, ’20, testing a bird scooter:

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About the Author:

Logan Lewis
“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” - John Macarthur. Logan Lewis, ‘20, aspires to pursue a career in ministry or sound engineering. Over the summer, Lewis studied camera, computer graphics, lights and sound while volunteering 7-10 hours at Peoples Church a week. When he’s not behind the soundboard, he’s playing on the varsity boys basketball team. While Lewis was a junior high cabin leader at Calvin Crest, he learned patience and leadership, and plans on continuing volunteering through CSF and as a mentor in the campus Brother to Brother program. This is Lewis’ second year participating in The Feather, and is passionate about making videos for social media, as well as managing the Feather Twitter account. Lewis is considering majoring in divinity or audio production.

2 Comments

  1. Mackenzie Beckworth
    Mackenzie Beckworth September 22, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Excellent article AND video as well!

  2. Riley Goldsborough September 26, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Bird scooters are going to rule the world. I need to try one.

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