Electric scooters have been tried elsewhere in Southern California, even in the Coachella Valley, creating more conflict than convenience. They were a disaster in Santa Monica, where city officials have been wrestling unanticipated consequences since 2017.
But that is not stopping the City of Coachella which is hosting a virtual ribbon-cutting on Thursday May 27th 2021 to welcome Bird Scooters to town.
The ribbon-cutting is 5:30 p-m near the back entrance of the library on 7th Street.
Mayor Steven Hernandez and the City Council will be there, as Coachella becomes the first city in the desert to officially bring the Bird Scooters to town.
The city says “the scooters will have a positive impact on the environment and will provide added safety to commuters on the road.”
“The Bird scooter offers more mobility options. We want people to get out of their house, come into downtown, enjoy our parks, and a great quality of life while doing their part to achieve sustainability”,” says Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez.
The primary purpose of Bird is to provide a safe, reliable shared mobility service that is equitable and accessible to all. But you’ll need a smartphone and you’ll need to know how to use it, as an app for your phone will be required in order to activate the Bird Scooter.
The app is also designed to provide valuable information to riders regarding accessibility to scooters, no-ride zones, and more.
“A growing list of cities and states are looking to micromobility alternatives, such as scooters and bikes, not only as a means of minimizing congestion but also as a way to support local economic recovery. We are excited to work with the city of Coachella to offer residents safe and sustainable transportation,” says Tim Harter, Director of Government Partnership for Bird Rides, Inc.
To find a Bird nearby: Download the Bird app and use the map to find your closest Bird. Walk to it or reserve the vehicle for later.
Hop on and go: Scan the Bird’s QR code to start. Place one foot on the Bird, push off with the other, and press the throttle to make it go.
Park with care: Check the map in the Bird app for your nearest parking area. Use the kickstand and avoid ramps or sidewalks.
For those who would like to watch the virtual event, tune into the City’s Facebook Live broadcast
(https://www.facebook.com/yourcoachella) on Thursday, May 27 2021 at 5:30 p.m. For those who would like to take a spin on the Bird Scooter, the scooters will be available for use after the ribbon-cutting is over.
A Bird Scooter on a sidewalk outside a home.
Photo courtesy of City of Coachella, and JNS NEXT Creative and Media Hub La Quinta CA