Bird Expects Increased Ridership as Students Return to College Campuses

Ahead of fall semester, micromobility company renews operational permits across more than a dozen campuses including UCLA, University of Florida, and University of Kentucky

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bird Global, Inc. (NYSE:BRDS), a leader in environmentally friendly electric transportation, today announced that it has renewed its operational permits across more than a dozen campuses in North America, including esteemed institutions such as University of California, Los Angeles, University of Florida, The Ohio State University, University of Tennessee, and University of Kentucky. The company anticipates a strong increase in university ridership as students return to college campuses for the fall semester.

Bird operates on hundreds of campuses across the United States and Canada, providing e-scooters to students across nearly 40 states. Bird's campus programs have proven popular for their convenience, sustainability, and practicality, providing students, faculty, and staff with a fun, efficient, and eco-friendly mode of transportation. The initiative is a response to the growing demand for affordable and environment-friendly transit options on college campuses, and students are taking advantage. For example, Bird rides at the University of Kentucky have accounted for 27,000 miles traveled and over 3,000 hours so far in 2023.

"Working with colleges and universities across the nation, Bird is able to provide a solution to address the unique transportation needs of college communities," says Stewart Lyons, President of Bird Global. "Our e-scooters offer a practical alternative for short-distance travel across campus while helping to reduce vehicle congestion, carbon emissions, and the need for additional parking infrastructure."

In addition to offering a convenient transportation solution, Bird also engages with universities in workshops and community events that promote safety and are intended to help riders gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to ride responsibly.

"We're thrilled with the positive feedback from students, faculty, and staff, all of whom have embraced Bird as an integral part of campus life. We're committed to continue expanding our footprint and bringing our reliable and green transportation solution to more campuses nationwide," added Lyons.

As the company continues on its plans of rapid growth, Bird remains focused on advancing its mission to make cities more livable by reducing car usage, traffic, and carbon emissions. For more information about Bird and its micromobility solutions, please visit

About Bird

Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solutions such as e-scooters and e-bikes to communities across the world. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird’s cleaner, affordable, and on-demand mobility solutions are available in more than 350 cities, primarily across the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. We take a collaborative, community-first approach to micromobility. Bird partners closely with the cities in which it operates to provide a reliable and affordable transportation option for people who live and work there.

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