As Spring Arrives, Bird Announces Expanded Global Operations
Warmer weather brings new city launches and expanded programs for the company
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bird Global, Inc. (NYSE:BRDS), a leader in environmentally friendly electric transportation, today announced that with the return of warm weather, scooters are hitting the roads in dozens of cities across the globe, including new programs around Europe, the U.S. and Canada. These new and expanded operations showcase the company’s commitment to city partners, understanding of local transportation needs, and investment in innovative technology. It also demonstrates the company’s continued global growth as we enter the summer months. Bird expects tens of millions of rides across the company’s global footprint in the coming months. These new and growing cities join already successful programs in the Middle East and Australia.
New North American city launches this spring include Dallas, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Logan, Utah; Montgomery, Alabama; and Pocatello, Idaho; as well as numerous cities in the Greater Toronto Area. In Europe, Bird will launch in numerous Italian cities, including Cervia, Ercolano, Grosseto, and Cagliari; and will expand in Israel with a launch in Ramat Hasharon.
“Spring weather means more people are choosing electric scooters and e-bikes to commute to work, get to school, and explore their cities,” said Shane Torchiana, CEO, Bird. “As we enter our busy season, we are committed to being a trusted partner to cities while delivering on our goal of being the first micromobility provider to hit positive free cash flow in 2023. We’re super grateful to the riders, partners, and policymakers who make our programs successful and look forward to continuing to grow our footprint in a sustainable way with them.”
In addition to new launches, Bird has also received permit renewals in recent months in a number of cities where the company is already operating, including Louisville, Kentucky; South Bend, Indiana; and more in the U.S., as well as Tel Aviv, Israel and Turin, Italy - pointing to continued demand for micromobility and strong city satisfaction with Bird as a partner. In many places, these renewals bring expanded operating zones and bigger fleet caps, confirming the impact Bird has for providing access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation in cities across the world.
Warmer weather also means that Bird will be bringing scooters and e-bikes back onto the roads in markets where operations were paused for the coldest of the winter months, including cities in Michigan, Minnesota, upstate New York, New England, and across Canada, as well as European markets including Finland, the Canary Islands, and more.
Bird continues to operate across the Middle East and Australia, with a most recent launch in Perth, the company’s first major market for e-scooter operations in Australia.
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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Source: Bird Global, Inc.
Released March 28, 2023