NYC selects Bird, Lime and VeoRide for e-scooter pilot

Bird, Lime and VeoRide have been selected for New York City’s first e-scooter pilot in eastern Bronx.

The pilot is estimated to bring up to 3,000 e-scooters to the East Bronx in Phase 1 and up to as many as 6,000 in Phase 2.

“We’re honoured by the opportunity to once again serve New York,” said Lime CEO Wayne Ting. “This e-scooter pilot programme couldn’t come at a better time, as New York focuses on providing low-cost transportation options that allow residents to travel socially distanced in the open air.

“In welcoming a new mode of transportation to its streets, New York demonstrates its dedication to shepherding a sustainable recovery from COVID-19 – one that isn’t hampered by the crippling traffic congestion that depresses growth. Getting this programme off the ground quickly, in the midst of a global pandemic, is clear evidence of how global cities like New York are adapting to establish a new normal for transportation that is shared, electric and carbon-free.

“It is a testament to the urgency we face in combating climate change, as well as to the leadership of mayors like Bill de Blasio, that micromobility programmes have proliferated so rapidly over the past year.”

Bird founder and CEO Travis VanderZanden said: “In close partnership with the community, Bird is committed to ensuring the success of the programme and providing NYC residents and visitors with a safe, reliable shared mobility service that is equitable and accessible to all.

“We look forward to introducing our most advanced technology to the shared mobility programme and evolving our service to best meet the unique needs for riders in the Bronx.”

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