Users can search for a nearby scooter through the Bird app and then simply scan a bar code on the scooter to unlock it and start riding. Photo: Bird.co
Luxembourg will get its first e-scooter sharing platform starting Tuesday morning, thanks to the Los Angeles-based tech company, Bird.
Already available in over 100 cities, mainly in the US but also in around 30 European locations, Bird aims to be an environment-friendly mobility alternative for those journeys where walking would take too long but public transport might not be efficient.
“Luxembourg City is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and we want to keep it that way by not only helping to remove cars, but also making sure our scooters do not create clutter,” the company’s general manager in Luxembourg, Jonatan de Boer, said in a communiqué.
Those interested in using the scooters will have to confirm beforehand they are at least 18 years old. Through the Bird app (via the App Store or Google Play), users can search for a nearby scooter and then simply scan a bar code on the scooter to unlock it and start the journey.
The app allows for direct payment through it and also includes a riding tutorial and safety tips. The company has stated that those who are not acting responsibly with the scooters can be banned from the app.
The scooters are available for hire from 7am-9pm and can simply be left in a “responsible place” after the ride. Bird plans on increasing availability if there is a high enough demand from Luxembourg riders.