Bird electric scooters being delivered
Bird electric scooters being delivered on Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Representatives of the rapidly growing Bird dockless scooter service joined local lawmakers in unveiling technology to allow the city to manage use of the popular electric scooters.

“Bird and dockless sharing technologies like it represent the future of transportation and are giving San Diegans a viable alternative to cars to get around our city,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria, who represents the San Diego area.

“After engaging in conversations with my constituents, I believe we can do more right now at the local level to not only incorporate and keep pace with this technology, but ensure we preserve public safety at the highest level,” he added.

Gloria said Bird, which is based in Los Angeles, introduced its “GovTech” platform Tuesday in response to community concerns raised to Gloria and City Councilmember Chris Ward, who represents downtown San Diego. The new platform includes:

  • Geo-fencing to allowing the city to create virtual perimeters and enforce “no ride” and “no parking” zones
  • Reporting of unsafe riding and poor parking via the Bird app
  • Information about local rules and safe riding via the app

“Technology made this transportation option possible, and technology can, and must, make the system safer,” said Ward, who represents the downtown area.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.