WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Bird has deployed their eco-friendly electric scooters in Mammoth Lakes. The start-up phase of this project involves Bird delivering 50 electric scooters as part of a pilot program.
The e-scooters can be used to replace gas-powered car trips when going to the store, meeting up with friends, exploring the community and taking many other daily trips. Bird aims to make towns and cities more livable by reducing car trips, traffic and carbon emissions. The company’s scooters, developed by an in-house team of leading engineering and vehicle design experts, offer residents or visitors without cars another transportation option.
Bird has partnered with a local fleet manager who is responsible for staging the scooters around Town, responding to feedback submitted through the free , maintenance and repairs, and the regular rebalancing of scooters.
Where Can I Ride?
Scooters are permitted on paths and trails that are currently authorized for e-bikes; however, they are limited to specific areas throughout town (not permitted in Lakes Basin), and have built in speed limits, slow zones, no riding zones, and preferred parking areas. Review the Bird Geofencing map below highlighting where you can/cannot ride and park.
- Orange Slow Zones – scooter will automatically reduce speed to <5 mph.
- Purple No Ride Zones – scooter will lose all additional power and can only be moved by rider pushing themselves, rider will get an alert on their phone that they have entered a “No Ride Zone” and will not be able to end their trip (ie. They will continue to be charged) until they leave these areas.
- Yellow No Parking Zones – rider will not be able to end their ride (will continue to be charged) in these areas. The No Parking zones on this map includes golf courses, gated communities, MMSA property, MCWD property on Minaret, Mammoth Hospital, and MLFD property.
- Red Recommended Parking Points – these locations will be highlighted in the Bird app as recommended parking areas. Bird has their own protections in place to ensure that riders do not leave scooters in the right of way or blocking sidewalks.
- Bird Riding Area (red perimeter line) – area within which scooters will operate with power. Should a rider take a scooter outside of this area, the scooter will lose power and the rider will continue to be charged until they return the scooter to the riding area.
Scooter Rental Details
- Bird scooters cost $1 to unlock and a per minute fee, which can be found in the Bird app, thereafter. All you need to rent one is your smartphone and a credit card.
Please visit the Bird website for additional information and how to ride (Bird)!
Town Council Action
- March 16, 2022 – Presentation from Bird and Town Staff on implementing service. Watch the video.
- August 4, 2021 – Town Council authorized the Town Manager to enter into an agreement or execute a permit with Bird Scooters. Directed staff to integrate the Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS) electronic messaging and information with the scooter program. Read the Staff Report.