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City of Bakersfield to work with Bird after scooters arrive

Posted at 9:37 AM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 22:10:20-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — There’s a new environmentally friendly way to get around Bakersfield.

Bird scooters appeared in several parts of our area on Friday.

A screenshot of the company’s mobile app showed dozens of the electronic scooters available to rent for a fee.

In order to ride one, a user must first download the Bird app.

It was not immediately clear if they would be a permanent fixture in Bakersfield.

The service is available in many larger cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

23ABC is working to learn more about the company’s service in the area.

Bird has released a statement on how the scooters made their way downtown.

"Bird works with a network of local, trained chargers in the communities where Bird is available, and we warmly welcome those who would like to join our charger community," A Bird spokesperson said. "These individuals help collect Birds each evening for charging, and they can pick up as many Birds as they want on any given day. Charging with Bird can provide a great source of supplemental income. Those interested in becoming a charger may apply through the Bird app or website."

More information about the scooters can be found here.