We are excited that BIRD is offering a premier scooter experience to get you around Beloit quickly! The company offers scooters to residents and visitors in order to help reduce carbon emissions, as well as traffic congestion on roadways. The scooters offer residents without automobiles another transportation option. Scooters can be rented by downloading the BIRD app from your device’s app store and creating an account. You must be 18 years of age to ride. The app will show you where the closest scooters are to you, where you can park, and where you are allowed to ride.
Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
We want to make sure everyone is riding safely while having fun. A few things to keep in mind:
RIDE– Use multi-use paths whenever possible. To find out where multi-use paths are in Beloit, check out the Riverside Corridor Bike/Walking Trail Map. Be sure to share the multi-use paths and remember that not everyone rides the same way.
SAFETY– Users are highly encouraged to wear helmets. Use hand signals when possible and be aware of your surroundings when interacting with traffic. One person per scooter.
BE MINDFUL– Users must comply with all traffic regulations as drivers would in a motor vehicle. Users must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Scooters are not to be operated on a sidewalk. When parked, avoid blocking sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, bus stops, driveways, and private roads. The City of Beloit encourages use of the terrace for parking.
Where can scooters be ridden?
Electric scooters must be ridden in the streets, bicycle lanes or multi-use paths. They are not allowed on sidewalks.
How do I find a scooter?
The first thing you will want to do is to download the app, BIRD. When you have the app loaded with your credit card information, you will be ready to engage an electric scooter. The app will provide locations of scooters and the map where scooters are permitted.
How far can I go on the scooter?
The operation of the BIRD scooters is geofenced to the City of Beloit boundaries, which means there are digital boundaries around the city limits. This limits and controls where the scooter travels. Each scooter has a GPS that is tracked by BIRD. If the scooter goes outside of the City of Beloit’s municipal boundaries, the scooter will automatically slow down to 1 mph. The app provides a map area where scooters can be ridden. Users should consult the map and plan trips accordingly.
How old do I have to be to ride a scooter?
Eighteen (18) years of age. You must have a valid driver’s license to rent a scooter.
How fast can an electric scooter go?
Speed limit is 15 miles per hour and 10 miles per hour on multi-use paths. Scooters cannot be operated on City of Beloit roads with a speed limit over 25 miles per hour.
How much does it cost?
It’s $1 to activate the scooter and then *$0.45 per minute plus tax. The scooter tells you the cost when activated. *Price subject to change.
What other factors impact when electric scooters are available?
If it is raining, or there is a strong chance of rain in the forecast, electric scooters may not be available.
How many scooters are available?
Initially, 50 electric scooters will be available. This number will change over time, based on demand.
Where should I park my scooter when I am finished?
Electric scooters shall be parked upright in a neat and orderly manner. Electric scooters may be parked at docking stations, bicycle racks, designated shared scooter parking, geofenced parking locations, private property with permission of property owner, and sidewalks in some circumstances. The City of Beloit encourages use of the terrace for parking.
What if I have problems with my scooter?
BIRD hotline: 1-866-205-2442 or email@example.com. More information about the company can be found on their website (www.bird.co) and on their blog (www.bird.co/blog).
How do I report a complaint about a scooter?
If you need to make a complaint about a scooter, you can use the app or call 1-866-205-2442.
Can I be fined for using my scooter inappropriately?
BIRD is bringing the scooters at no cost to the City of Beloit. All user fees are directly provided to BIRD. You may be fined and ticketed for not complying with traffic rules and regulations.