Bird Transportation will offer three types of vehicles to people with disabilities for rentals that can be borrowed for up to 14 days.
The company had partnered with a leading scooter and wheelchair rental company Scootaround to test this mobility program. Both of the companies share the same thought on providing this kind of facility to people with disabilities. They both had a firm belief that personal, accessible mobility should be available to everyone who needs it.
Due to the courtesy of this partnership, in the pilot, individuals will be able to find and reserve one of the three accessible vehicles which are about to manufacture, using the Bird app.
Bird did not specify what models people would be able to rent but did say they would include three and four-wheel scooter options with an attached basket for easy storage. There was also no mention of the cost of the service. However, a transportable scooter rental on Scootaround for a week ran between $125 and $195 in some U.S. cities.
“As micro-mobility options such as shared bikes and scooters continue to expand, we must ensure the benefits of these improved transportation networks be made as widely available as possible, including to persons with disabilities. Innovative partnership programs like this are an important part of that process, and we welcome Bird’s proactive participation in bringing them to life.”Kerry Renaud, CEO/Managing Director of Scootaround.
According to Bird Cities Blog, To begin a reservation, Riders need only tap on the clearly marked button at the bottom of the Bird app. The reservation process allows Bird riders to select their desired accessible vehicle type, the rental length between 1-14 days, and a convenient pick-up and drop-off location.
A toll-free number is available to help provide immediate answers to questions about the rental process, and on the day of delivery, riders will receive a full, in-person tutorial to help them feel comfortable using, charging, and storing their new accessible vehicle throughout the duration of the rental.
Available vehicles include both three and four-wheel scooter options with an attached basket for easy storage. The company says, Bird and Scootaround on-demand accessible mobility service will be rolled out in New York City this summer and they intend to roll out in different cities throughout 2021.
It’s good to see companies thinking about people with disabilities. Only a few companies in the world think about doing something out of the box. Just like a few months ago, Ocado invested In Oxbotica to build autonomous vehicles. People with disabilities who face difficulties during their travelling will benefit a lot from such vehicles.
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