Rockford’s first Bird electric scooters have arrived



ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – The first electric scooters from the Bird carpool service arrived in Rockford on Wednesday.

Scooters are available for hire through the Bird app.

Residents can only use scooters in certain areas of the city. In fact, vehicles would slow down and become unusable if riders moved outside of these spaces.

Scooters are allowed on streets, cycle paths and cycle paths, not on sidewalks.

“Then I was excited, I had never ridden one of these scooters before, I am very interested in giving it a try. I usually take the bus or walk a lot. So that would really help, ”said Kris Harden, a Rockford resident.

Scooters are limited to the electric scooter area which is bordered by Central Avenue, Auburn Street, Morgan Street and 3rd Street. Scooters exiting the zone will be disabled remotely and users will be charged until they are returned to the zone and properly parked.

Photo: Town of Rockford

Bird offers the following programs which are available to all who qualify:

  • Community pricing – Bird’s community pricing program offers a 50% discount to low-income passengers, Pell grant recipients, some local non-profit and community organizations, veterans and seniors. It is designed to be the most inclusive micromobility reduction program available anywhere. To enroll in the Community Pricing Program, download the Bird app, create an account, and email your proof of eligibility to [email protected]
  • Free walks for healthcare workers and emergency personnel – Bird is proud to offer free rides to healthcare workers and emergency personnel. To register, simply send a copy of your medical ID card with your name and phone number to [email protected] Eligible runners will receive two free 30-minute rides per day, for as long as needed to help our communities recover from this global health crisis.

Scooters offer the first portable carpooling program since LimeBike left the city in 2019.


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