"Uber Style" Bird Scooters flying into Lubbock - FOX34 Lubbock

"Uber Style" Bird Scooters flying into Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas -

A new scooter-sharing transportation system is flying into Lubbock, as the company Bird is making noise with their electric vehicles that can be accessed for one dollar on their app, and for each minute, another 15 cents. 

Mayor Pope said this new program could be a big hit with students at Texas Tech... as a productive and efficient transportation method.

“Bike share, scooters, whatever it may be, it’s just part of the economy we live in today,” Pope said. “I think it’s important to young people and I think the fact that we’re in a college town underscores that, and so it makes it a more livable community.”

According to a statement from Bird, scooters are to be dropped off around nearby riders at 7 a.m. with the vehicles set to be picked up by sunset. 

While he said he believes the positives outweigh the negatives, Pope said Bird needs to enter Lubbock in an organized and appropriate manner. 

“They’re picking up their scooters and bikes and taking them back to the commons areas at night, they’re doing maintenance, that their technology works, that they keep the right geofencing to keep them in certain areas,” Pope said. “We don’t need these, there are parts of our town that would not be very attractive. It doesn’t work for our model, it doesn’t work for us.”

According to the statement from Bird, riders are encouraged to wear a safety helmet, and must use the bike lanes and street, not the sidewalk.

The mayor said there are viable safety concerns attached to this policy, especially in Lubbock. 

“The sidewalks don’t belong to them. Frankly, their right of way is the streets, and a lot of our streets don’t have bike lanes,” Pope said.

He added the city has been working with Texas Tech about a transportation system like this since the start of the year, and although Bird does not currently have a permit to operate its business inside Lubbock, Pope said they will continue to work through the process to eventually allow the company to officially open its doors. 

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