Locals in Tel Aviv are always on the move, from bikes and skateboards to scooters and electric bicycles there are many modes of transportation. The latest gadget and mode of transportation to hit the city is the Bird scooter. Bird scooters are an electric scooter rental service that allows users to pick up scooters anywhere and the city and ride them as long as needed, calculating the price per minute.
Bird is a California based company committed to reducing car ownership and pollution, and in a city like Tel Aviv where the traffic can be epic, Bird scooters are changing the way people commute. Since August 2018, Bird scooters have appeared all over Tel Aviv and are used by locals and tourists alike to get around. In November 2018, the scooter range expanded to Ramat Gan and is expected to continue to extend to further cities in Israel.
There are several Bird “nests” found throughout the city, and each night the scooters are gathered and return to their nest to ensure their availability in the morning for commuters. Locals can collect the Bird scooters themselves and charge them overnight before returning them to the nests. By self-charging, users gain Bird credits towards the rental service. The idea is to encourage the community and create a shared economy for riders.
How to use Bird Scooters in Tel Aviv
In order to use Bird Scooters in Tel Aviv, users must download the Bird App in advance. The app will locate the closest Bird Scooter. Using the app, riders can unlock the scooters with the simple tap of a button and can then begin riding instantly. The scooters are easy to ride and provide instructions in terms of foot placement and safety. Scooters must be operated in bike lanes and should not be driven on sidewalks or roads.
Where to find/Leave Bird Scooters in Tel Aviv
Since the scooters are charged and moved each night, the locations may change. All locations are indicated in the app making it easy to find the closest Bird. There are no designated spots for the scooters but it is best not to leave them in high foot traffic areas. For example, in the middle of walkways, bike lanes, ramps, entrances, and fire hydrants. It is best to leave them on the pavement and not on grass, pebbles or sand. It is also not advisable to leave the scooters an incline or hill, flat surfaces are best.
How much does it cost to use a Bird Scooter in Tel Aviv
Each Bird ride costs 5 NIS to start and half a shekel per minute of riding. In order to use the scooters, payment must be done using a credit card and charges are automatically applied once the ride is complete.
Riders must be a minimum of 18 years in order to operate the scooters. Riders must also hold a valid drivers license. Bird scooters are not meant to be shared, and can only hold one rider.
If you’re looking for a new way to get around Tel Aviv, try out a Bird Scooter just always use caution and ride safely.