Bird Scooters are a New Way to Get Around

The era of on-demand transportation available for rent has provided Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe residents with affordable options to get from Point A to Point B aside from the traditional vehicle, rideshare, or public transportation. However, not every transportation method is making our residents happy. In regards to Bird Scooters, a Santa Monica-based startup offering motorized scooters for rent has caused quite the controversy, especially in Scottsdale. 

How Do These Scooters Work?

Bird Scooters are utilized similar to the bike share companies in the Valley. Riders can download an app which allows them to rent the motorized scooters on a per-use basis. Once the rider is done, he can leave it wherever he wants for the next user to take a ride. At the end of every day, the scooters are picked up for charging and placed in various locations the next day. While Tempe residents have found them fun and useful, Scottsdale felt like they violated city ordinances.

Why Did Scottsdale Have A Problem?

On May 11th, 2018, the City of Scottsdale issued a Cease and Desist to Bird Scooters, claiming the motorized scooters were legally considered motorized skateboards and were not allowed to be rode on sidewalks, parking structures, public roads with a speed limit beyond 25 miles per hour, or without a helmet or driver’s license. Shortly after the Cease and Desist was issued, representatives of Bird met with the City of Scottsdale to ensure that their users of the scooters agree that they are not docked on city sidewalks or used in a fashion that could cause pedestrians and motorists trouble.

Bird Scooters are a great way to get around Old Town Scottsdale and Tempe

The bottom line is that if you live in an Old Town Scottsdale condo these can be a very fun way to get around Old Town. Whether you're on your way to grab something to eat or you're heading to work, you can grab one of those scooters and from. If you go out tailgating in Tempe before a Sun Devils game you're sure to see Bird scooters all over the place.

Lime Bike has also launched their own scooters in downtown Tempe though we haven't had a chance to try them out just yet.