By Evan Woodka-Kelly
On Monday, April 26th, the Pueblo City Council approved the introduction of Bird electric scooters.
The partnership will introduce around 200 scooters in various locations of town, in order to assist the company’s mission of “making cities more livable by reducing car usage, traffic, and congestion” as stated on Bird’s website.
The scooters will be able to be accessed through a mobile app, where riders pay $1 to unlock a scooter with a per-minute rate of $0.15 after the unlock.
Pueblo City Council members also passed regulations for operating the vehicles:
Riders must be at least 18 years of age
Electric scooters must be operated in streets or bike lanes
Electric scooters must be on the right side of street lanes
Electric scooter riders must allow bikers to pass in bike lanes
Bird was interested in outsourcing the scooters to Pueblo starting in March, with agreements being conducted since that point.
Pueblo will pay an initial price of $500 for the introduction of the vehicles, with a renewal of $200 annually.