Bird Scooters in Bakersfield – Everything You Wanted To Know

Bakersfield is the latest Californian city to have hundreds of unexpected e-scooters appear on its streets overnight. On December 9, 2018, the Santa Monica-based company Bird planted 200 of its rentable e-scooters throughout Bakersfield without receiving a permit from city leaders.

This isn’t the first time an e-scooter rental company has dropped its devices into cities without warning city officials. Companies like Bird use this technique because they believe locals will quickly get hooked riding e-scooters and pressure city leaders to keep this mode of transportation.

On December 10, 2018, Bakersfield residents had mixed reactions to these 200 e-scooters. Some people praised these e-scooters as being a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation. A few business owners, however, complained these e-scooters were being parked in hazardous locations.

The nonprofit bicycle advocacy group Bike Bakersfield was particularly surprised by Bird’s 200 e-scooters. Volunteers at Bike Bakersfield have been working for almost two years to legally bring e-bikes and e-scooters into the city. Despite Bird’s new e-scooters, Bike Bakersfield will bring its devices into the city by April of 2019.

Shortly after placing its e-scooters throughout the city, Bakersfield City Council approved Bird.

How do I rent a scooter?

Download the bird app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s app store. Load it up, enter your driver’s license and credit card, locate a scooter and hop on. Just be careful not to break your neck on them, especially if it’s been 10, 20 or 30 years since you rode a scooter. These things are fast and the wheels are tiny. Those of us who has scooters in the 1980s had just the opposite – slow scooters with big wheels. You do not want to face-plant at 15 MPH.

Once you locate a scooter, you’ll be charge $1, then $0.15 per minute.

Legislation has a lot of catching up to do. As of 1/1/2019, CA state law will not require helmets for riders over the age of 18, however, Bakersfield may have their own regulations coming out shortly.

Get a free helmet!

After taking your first ride on a Bird electric scooter, yo ucan navigate through the app to get a free helmet. Even if they’re not required by law, it would be nice to have one on if you fall and hit your head.

Contact a Bakersfield Personal Injury Lawyer if you get hit by a car.

We probably can not help you with self inflicted injuries. If you try to jump onto the sidewalk and fall over the handlebars – you’re on your own. You agreed to that in the Bird Terms Of Service when you rented the scooter.

However, if you are hit by a car or a scooter’s breaks fail on you, do call us. In fact, contact us after any serious injury involving a scooter.

Pedestrians are being hit by these scooters, people are tipping and falling over them, and cars who aren’t used to seeing scooters in the street are unfortunately hitting them.

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