It was just a matter of time before the electric scooters infiltrated U.K.
Today, the well-initiated launcher launches a fleet of its delicate e-scooters in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As part of the pilot, the company makes scooters between 7 and 9 for anyone walking between Stratford and Here East, a collaborative campus located in the middle of the park, which is also home to Bird's London office. Here is a map of the approved route:
Londoners or someone who followed the scooter wars closely, probably scratching their heads because yes, e-scooters are illegal on British roads and sidewalks due to old English legislation. Under the Highway Act of 1835, the UK Department of Transport (DfT) has classified e-scooters as "driven carriers", a type of vehicle that is only allowed for use on private property.
For his credit, Bird seems to have found a loophole. It will only operate scooters at the private country – Olympic Park – and if riders differ from the route or on public lands, the GPS track scooters will hit down.
Santa Monica-based Bird has apparently been sparring with DfT since last year as an attempt to enter the London market. It is unclear how or if they will be able to start in other parts of the city after this pilot or if DfT is considering changes in its almost 200 year old law; We have reached Bird for further explanation.
"One of the biggest problems faced by modern cities, increases congestion and reduces air quality," said Richard Corbett, who was employed in May to monitor the launch in Britain, Ireland and the Nordic region. "Bird's mission is to help solve these issues by getting people out of cars and on environmentally friendly, electric electric scooters. We are very excited to launch Britain's first electric scooter pilot – helping to connect East Campus with Stratford. We really hope that people will try birds in the Olympic Park and see the benefits it brings. "
Earlier this year, Bird completed its first European launch in Paris, which also marked its first priority outside the US market. The company has since released scooters in Brussels, Vienna, Zurich and Tel Aviv, which operates in more than 100 cities in total.
In February, Bird announced that it had cloaked 10 million scooter rides since its launch about a year earlier. The value is valued at $ 2 billion, and the company has increased over $ 415 million in venture capital funding from Accel, Greycroft, CRV, Index Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Sequoia, Sound Ventures, Craft Ventures and others.
Bird was founded in 2017 by former uber vice president of global driver growth Travis VanderZanden .