Bird scooters take flight in Columbus

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They’re called the Bird, and you may see people on them flying down streets in the Short North, downtown, and Arena District.

The Bird costs $1 to start each ride plus 5 cents per minute. They go up to 15 mph.

“I think it’s a great addition to the city,” said Columbus resident Alyssa Curtin.

Drew Henson added,  “I think it’s excellent for Columbus. Like just now my buddy and I were out at lunch, instead of waiting for the C-Bus or walking when it’s really hot, we can just grab one.”

Rides are only available from 7 in the morning to sunset.

The steps to get started are simple.

You just need to download the bird app on your phone and have your license and a credit or debit card.

Remember to be careful. 

“You see the people on the bike on the street, if you follow the same and appropriate traffic laws they have to, I feel very confident,” said Henson.

With heavy traffic and lots of construction here in the Short North, some say they are trying to avoid being in a dangerous situation.

“I personally have been going on either sidewalks or backstreets,” said Curtin.

On the scooter it states that you are not supposed to ride the Bird on the sidewalk.

The rule of where to ride is why the City of Bexley to believes these scooters are not allowed.
This statement on the City’s website states “Ohio and Bexley law prohibits the use of motorized scooters on the roadway or sidewalk (Ohio Revised Code 4501, 4511.214 and Bexley Codified Ordinance 474.12).”

The City of Bexley also states the scooters were placed on sidewalks which are city property without any prior communication from the Bird company or its representatives.

The City of Columbus says they do expect to have conversations with the company in the near future.

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