Bird Gone For The Winter

Thursday December 2nd, 2021

Posted at 12:58pm

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Photos by: Anna Millerman/windsoriteDOTca

The Bird Canada scooter and bike share pilot program has wrapped up in Windsor.

“After a very successful first season for our e-scooters in Windsor, we are grateful for how warmly Windsorites embraced Bird Canada,” says Bird Canada CEO Stewart Lyons. “We look forward to returning in the early spring to provide Windsor with safe, accessible, and eco-friendly e-scooters and e-bikes.”

The city says that the program had a few growing pains early on, but the team at Bird Canada worked with them through the initial bumps and ended up with more than 29,000 total rides and almost 8,000 unique riders.

“We’ve seen Windsorites really embrace e-scooters over the past year,” said Hagan. “Not only did we see people using Bird scooters to get around, we saw a surprising number of scooter tour events. We expected Bird to be an important piece of the puzzle for personal mobility, but I don’t think we expected them to work with the tourism sector the way they did,” said Jeff Hagan, Senior Engineer in Transportation Planning.

The current agreement between Bird Canada and the City runs through April 2022. Once complete, City staff will share the pilot program results with City Council. If both sides agree that the program is worth bringing back, the Birds may be back on the streets by next summer.

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