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Dockless scooter rental company Bird returns to Austin streets


Dockless scooter company Bird has returned to Austin streets. (Photo: CBS Austin)
Dockless scooter company Bird has returned to Austin streets. (Photo: CBS Austin)
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Dockless motorized scooter rental provider Bird has returned their vehicles to Austin streets, the company announced on Wednesday.

Last month, Bird removed their scooters after Austin City Council voted to tweak city law so that companies must be permitted to have their motorized scooters and bikes on the streets.

With their permit in hand, Bird is making efforts to pay back the community.

“Mayor Adler, members of the City Council, and dedicated officials throughout city government demonstrated a real commitment to giving the people of Austin this new, affordable, and accessible alternative to driving cars through traffic to get around the capital,” says Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird.

Bird says they will donate $1 per vehicle per day to Austin-based Movability, a transportation management association "solely dedicated to working hand in hand with employers to improve the region’s economic vitality by connecting commuters with mobility options that save time and money."

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As part of the "Save Our Sidewalks Pledge," Bird has agreed to not increase its supply of vehicles in the city unless they are being used at least three times per vehicle per day, all Bird vehicles are removed from the streets each night, and Bird commits $1 per vehicle per day to the city so they can build more bike lanes, promote safe riding, and maintain shared infrastructure.

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