Indio approves deal to bring Bird scooters to town

Bird scooters are coming to Indio City.

On Wednesday, the city council approved a one-year pilot program with Bird. The program will see up to 300 scooters around the city.

The Bird scooter program is expected to launch in the spring.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bird to the city of Indio,” said Indio Mayor Waymond Fermon. “Whether it’s going to the downtown Farmers Market, seeing some of the city’s new sculptures, commuting to work or school, residents and visitors now have another fun and eco-friendly way to get around.

According to the city, the program is free for the city. The program would end on March 2, 2023, unless otherwise extended. The City also has the right to terminate the agreement with 30 days notice.

“We commend the City of Indio for its commitment to providing convenient, environmentally friendly and reliable transportation options for residents and visitors alike,” said Austin Marshburn, City-University Partnerships Manager at Bird.

Bird’s stand-up electric scooters are only permitted on streets, bike lanes, and bike lanes, and must be parked upright in the “furniture area” of the sidewalk, next to a bike rack, or other area specifically designated for parking bicycles.

Additional information on parking and riding in Indio City can be found here.

Residents can report safety issues, complaints, or ask questions 24/7 by contacting Bird Customer Service at [email protected] or through their helpline at (866) 205- 2442.

The scooters will be located throughout the city, with real-time locations viewable in the free Bird app.

Indio becomes the second city in the Coachella Valley to approve the use of Bird electric scooters. In May 2021, the city of Coachella unveiled its Bird scooters.

Bird has already tried to come to the valley. In 2019, bird threw a surprise drop in Palm Springs. The city sent a cease and desist letter to the company, then piled up the scooters in a city yard after just a day on the streets.

The City of Palm Desert voted against e-scooters in 2020 due to safety concerns.

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