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BIRD DEPLOYS E-SCOOTERS IN THE CITY OF TRACY

Safe Riding and Compliance with the California Vehicle Code Encouraged

Posted: Oct 19, 2020
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 On October 13, 2020, Bird began deploying shared micro-mobility scooters, or e-scooters, throughout the City of Tracy. Electric scooters, such as those in the Bird fleet, have emerged in communities throughout the world as an alternative form of transportation and recreation. The e-scooters are made available through the Bird app, which provides a map of locations where e-scooters are available for rent. The user enters their payment information in the app, agrees to the terms and conditions, Bird Rental Agreement, Waiver of Liability and Release and unlocks the scooter for use. Bird “flyers” collect, move, charge and sanitize the e-scooters, then release them to central locations every day. 

 

In order to operate an e-scooter, riders must comply with the requirements listed within the California Vehicle Code sections 21220-21235, which are enforced by Tracy Police Department. These requirements include:

 

·       Carrying a valid Driver’s License or Provisional Instruction Permit

·       Riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet

·       Riding only permitted in bike lanes if the road speed limit is more than 25 mph (scooters are prohibited on streets with a speed limit higher than 25 mph without a bike lane available) 

·       Riding on the sidewalk is prohibited

·       Obeying all traffic laws, including yielding to pedestrians

·       Riders operating motorized scooters have all the rights and are subject to all provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle, including provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages and drugs

·       Parking the scooter in a safe location out of the public right-of-way and not on private property

·       No riding with passengers

On September 18, 2020, State Assembly Bill 1286 was signed by Governor Newsom, which requires a shared mobility service provider to enter into an agreement with, or obtain a permit from, the city or county with jurisdiction over the area of use. This bill, however, does not take effect until January 2021. The City of Tracy is actively working to develop an operation, parking and maintenance policy regarding the use of shared mobility devices within Tracy to comply with AB 1286.

 

The City of Tracy does not manage the distribution, location, maintenance or sanitation of Bird scooters.

 

To protect yourself and others from Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), users of shared bikes, scooters, skateboards and other micro-mobility devices should:

 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on the device (e.g., handlebars, gears, braking handles, locks etc.) or shared equipment before you use it. Use disinfecting wipes, if available.
  • Avoid touching surfaces by using touchless payment when available and if applicable.
  • Practice hand hygiene - after completing your trip, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette and social distancing
  • Wear masks
  • Stay home when appropriate
  • Have adequate supplies (e.g. sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Protect people at risk for severe illness from COVID-19

 

For more details on the CDC’s recommendations for protecting yourself when using transportation, please visit the CDC website

 

The Bird Company can be reached via email at hello@bird.co or phone at 1-866-205-2442 for questions or concerns about the program or service. Individuals can also report any poorly parked or damaged Bird e-scooters through the Bird app.

 

IMAGE: E-Scooter Regulations Infographic

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