Bird has partnered with Scootaround to provide people with disabilities access to safe, eco-friendly, shared micromobility through their on-demand accessible mobility programme.
In addition to their initial pilot in New York City, Bird are now offering their on-demand accessible mobility programme in San Diego and San Francisco.
The programme allows persons with disabilities to find, reserve and pay for a selection of accessible vehicles using a custom Scootaround interface in the Bird app. Riders benefit from exclusive pricing discounts, including free rentals for up to three days in some areas, and have access to high-quality accessible vehicles such as the award-winning WHILL Model Ci2.
The vehicle availability combined with special pricing is designed to ensure that Bird is meeting the micromobility needs of all, including nearly 10% of the community in San Diego who have a disability.
“Bird’s commitment to improving sustainable mobility access for everyone means partnering with industry experts whose mission parallels our own. Together with Scootaround, we’re able to bring a trusted, on-demand, personal transportation service to those with disabilities. This is incredibly important to our team, and we believe it’s just as valuable to the communities we serve.”
To reserve a vehicle, riders can simply tap on the clearly marked button at the bottom of the Bird app. The reservation process allows those with disabilities to select their desired accessible vehicle type, the length of their rental up to three days, and a convenient pick-up and drop-off location.
As part of the service, Bird is also providing a toll-free number to provide immediate answers to questions about the rental process. On the day of delivery, riders will receive a full, in-person tutorial to help them feel comfortable using, charging, and storing their new accessible vehicle throughout their rental.
San Diego has become the third city where Bird has launched this new service with Scootaround, following successful pilot programmes in the Bronx and San Francisco. Bird’s move to expand on-demand accessible mobility to all riders coincided with International Day of Persons With Disabilities, observed on 3 December 2021.
The San Diego programme launch is the latest in Bird’s efforts to deliver on its mission of providing eco-friendly transportation for everyone. Bird is committed to bringing this innovative and necessary service to more cities worldwide.
This article was originally published by Bird Global Inc.
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