As part of a year-long initiative that will make the city the city's first e-scooter pilot program in New York, electric scooters will be racing through Yonkers this summer.
Under the deal, dockless scooter-share company Bird will deploy up to 200 scooters in downtown and other parts of southwest Yonkers in August.
Up to 500 scooters could be added to meet the high demand, officials said in a statement announcing the partnership.
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A bird's nest. The e-scooter company, which operates in around 50 cities across the country, recently hired a fleet of scooters powered by a smartphone app in Asheville. (Photo: Courtesy of Bird)
"Partnering with Bird will enable residents and visitors to travel our city with ease and convenience while being affordable, reliable and fun," said Mike Spano, Mayor of Yonkers.
Using the Bird smartphone app, drivers can see the nearest Bird scooter on a map, unlock it, complete the safety tutorial and drive straight to the desired destination.
Once the trip is over, drivers will park the scooter on the sidewalk or on the street next to an unmarked curb, officials said. They then use the app to take a photo of the scooter to ensure that it is properly parked.
"Like so many New Yorkers, Yonkers residents are adopting socially distant transportation habits after COVID-19," said Rebecca Hahn, chief corporate social responsibility officer.
"We look forward to providing them with a safe and sustainable way to stay mobile and support local businesses as the city continues to recover and rebuild."
Drivers must be 18 years of age to use a Vogel scooter in Yonkers. Electric scooters are allowed to be used on roads with a speed limit of no more than 48 km / h.
The cost of a bird ride is $ 1 to start and per minute to travel. Bird also offers low-income access plans that include unlimited 30-minute drives for $ 5 per month for anyone enrolled in or eligible for a state or federal utility program.
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