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The City of Derby has approved a pilot program with Bird Rides to bring e-scooters to the city in the coming days. The scooters are available through a mobile phone application where riders pay per minute to use the scooter.
“The arrival of Bird Scooters expands opportunities for transportation and recreation throughout the Derby community,” said Sarah Gooding, Assistant to the City Manager. “Exploring options for micromobility has been a City priority, and we look forward to learning how these devices are used through the pilot program.”
The company offers scooters to residents and visitors to provide a safe and enjoyable way to get around the Derby community, as well as providing residents without automobiles another transportation option. Using electric scooters for transportation also reduces carbon emissions and can lessen traffic congestion on roadways.
Bird electric scooters have a maximum speed of 15 mph and should only be ridden on sidewalks, bike lanes, and City streets with speed limits of 30 miles per hour or less. Scooters must be parked upright, out of the way of pedestrians and never blocking driveways, fire hydrants or emergency facilities. Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet on every ride and required to obey all standard rules of the road.
If a resident has questions or concerns about Bird scooters, the company can be reached at 1-866-205-2442 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Community members with concerns about a Bird Scooter can use the community feature in the app or go to www.bird.co to report badly parked or damaged scooters, as well as other concerns. More information about the company and its community programs can be found at www.bird.co and www.bird.co/blog.
For more information on city regulations regarding use of these devices, visit the city website at DerbyKS.com/escooters.