Bird providing shared e-scooter service in Indio, California, home of Coachella and Stagecoach

Bird has announced the launch of an exclusive pilot programme with the City of Indio, California.

Through the exclusive agreement, Bird will bring its shared e-scooter service to the “City of Festivals,” home of Coachella, which kicked off Friday 15th April, and Stagecoach, set to take place later this month.

As gas prices rise, Bird’s programme comes at a critical point to help provide clean alternatives to gas-powered transportation and is on the heels of vehicle fleet expansions in New York City and Washington, D.C.

“We applaud the City of Indio for their commitment to embracing convenient, environmentally-friendly and reliable transportation options to residents and visitors in their community,” said Brian Buccella, senior vice president of global policy at Bird.

“We are honoured to serve the community and all of the visitors that come from around the world to enjoy Indio and all that it has to offer.”

Residents and visitors to Indio aged 18 years or older can access Bird’s fleet of low-emission micro-electric vehicles through Bird’s free mobile app. Riders must follow standard operating rules and Bird scooters are only allowed on streets, bike lanes and bike paths. Additional information about parking and riding in the City of Indio can be found here and here.

“We are excited to welcome Bird to the City of Indio,” said Indio Mayor Waymond Fermon. “Whether going to the Farmers Market downtown, seeing some of the city’s new sculptures, commuting to work or school, residents and visitors now have another fun, eco-friendly way to get around.”

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Coachella is taking place from 15th-17th April and 22nd-24th April and Stagecoach will take place from 29th April-1st May.

Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally-friendly transportation solutions such as e-scooters and e-bikes to communities across the world.

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