Bird Scooters Fly into Boise
Brace yourself, Boise! E-scooters have officially launched in your fair city and here's what you need to know.
After hosting educational workshops introducing their product to Boise residents, the City of Boise has given Bird the green light to launch their e-scooter service. If you have the Bird app downloaded on your phone, you started to see the scooters appear on the map around 7 a.m. this morning. Out of sheer curiosity, I downloaded the app to see what it looked like and was very impressed with how easy Bird (as opposed to competitor, Lime) made it to learn how to not just rent/ride one of their scooters, but how to locate the proper areas to ride and park their scooters as well. (In Boise, sidewalks are fair game but you must be mindful of pedestrians. You can also ride them through crosswalks, in bike lines and 25 miles of Boise Greenbelt path.)
The scooters cost $1 to unlock and 20 cents per minute to ride. You won't be allowed to ride one until you scan your drivers license to prove that you are indeed a legal driver and that you're over the age of 18. Channel 2 breaks down more of the rules for you HERE.
Are you excited for the scooters to arrive in Boise? I'm a little torn myself. I'm someone who absolutely cannot parallel park to save my life, so I rarely try to find street parking in Downtown Boise. I love the idea of being able to pick up one of these little Bird scooters to ride from whichever garage I'm at to my final destination instead of walking...ya know, just if I'm running late and need to get there sooner.
On the other hand, I'm also a runner who spends a lot of time on the Greenbelt. When it comes to pedestrians like runners and walkers, people are already reckless enough with regular bikes, scooters and roller blades. Having these zooming around at 15 miles an hour makes me a little skittish.
FYI: Lime, the company that surprised the City of Meridian with their unsuccessful launch is also expected to launch in Boise sometime soon, but there hasn't been an official announcement from Lime as to when that will happen. If you open the app this morning, It does show Lime scooters lined up along Broadway Avenue and throughout Downtown Boise. Meridian has asked Lime to delay their re-launch in their city until the spring so all the parties involved understand the rules and safety precautions that need to happen before they become available to the public.