is teaming up with Nashville with the goal of filling certain public transit gaps in the community with electric scooters. The company and the city’s public transit agency hope to drive the adoption of public transport and eco-friendly transport options.
The two sides will leverage WeGo Public Transit’s data and experience on public transport usage patterns, as well as Bird’s know-how to build their pilot program. People traveling to and from some areas of the city “will have consistent and reliable access” to e-scooters, according to Bird. The hope is that residents will opt for a scooter for the last mile of their journeys, which are often made by car.
Bird in a press release that traffic gaps can prevent people from having easy access to public transport. Scooters can help those without a car to get to and from bus stops and train stations. Bird did not say when the program will launch or how much the scooter tours will cost.
The agreement marks Nashville’s first public-private partnership based on expanding access to e-scooters. Bird has been operating in the city since 2018. Other micromobility companies are there, including and .
However, public-private partnerships aren’t exactly new to Bird. Spain, for example, its first micromobility public-private partnership with the company in 2020.
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