Janesville to introduce 75 Bird electric scooters for pilot program Monday

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JANESVILLE, Wis. — The Birds are flying into Janesville on Monday.

No, not the feathered creatures. The company Bird will introduce 75 of its electric scooters to Janesville next week, the city announced.

The scooters will stay around Janesville through October, before “flying” elsewhere for winter. The move is part of a pilot program. After October, City Council will decide whether to allow the Birds to return next spring.

Bird scooters can be found in over 350 cities across the world including Washington, D.C., Indianapolis and Berlin. The company also partners with universities to operate the scooters on campuses including Ohio State and the University of Missouri.

The scooters are accessed through Bird’s app, and riders must be at least 18 years old. The two-wheelers are allowed on sidewalks, bike lanes and streets that have a posted speed limit of 25 mph or less. The scooters can go as fast as 15 mph.

Once a rider is done with the Bird, it must be parked out of the way of pedestrians and cannot block any sidewalks, ramps, doorways or driveways. The Bird app requires riders to take a photo of the scooter when they’re done to make sure that they’re in a correct parking spot.