Though the company was not selected to be part of San Francisco's pilot program for scooter shares, Bird has figured out a way to get back into SF.
Bird is launching monthly scooter rentals for $24.99/month, with unlimited rides during that month. Renters simply sign up, and a scooter and charger will be delivered to their door — along with a lock. A Bird rep will then come and collect the scooter at the end of the month.
As TechCrunch reports, the company is trying the same program out in Barcelona, which is another city where scooter sharing has been highly regulated. And the idea, obviously, is that Bird scooters wouldn't be littering the streets, and the program could lure new customers who don't want to deal with the pickup or dropoff requirements for Scoot and Skip.
The news comes two weeks after we learned that SF is considering doubling the size of the pilot program for Scoot and Skip, and amidst growing reports of scooter-related injuries in cities where these companies have launched.
"Renting a Bird for an entire month of unlimited use will cost less than just a couple of ride-hail trips or parking garage days in most cities,” says Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden in a statement.
Plus any potential medical expenses, but I digress.