Electric scooters arrive in Janesville

75 Birds have been added to the downtown Janesville scene.
Janesville introduces 75 Bird electric scooters for pilot program
Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 9:59 AM CDT
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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -A fleet of electric scooters has landed in downtown Janesville for an introductory trial period.

The scooters will be a part of the downtown landscape through October. From there, city council will decide whether or not the Birds may return in spring of 2023.

Riders can locate and operate the two-wheelers through the Bird smartphone app, which requires scooter-users to be at least 18 years old.

Erin Davis, assistant to the Janesville city manager, says more than 400 hours have already been logged by community members since the birds arrived Monday, Aug. 15.

“It’s really amazing to see they’re having a ton of fun,” Davis says. “Hearing people say how excited they are, and how Janesville has something new, something hip...I can take a look at the heat map, and see how many people are coming to downtown Janesville.”

The scooters can be ridden on sidewalks, in bike lanes and on streets posted at 25 mph or lower.

To end your ride with the Bird, simply click “end ride” on the mobile app, then you will be asked to snap a photo of the parked scooter to ensure it is not a hindrance to vehicles or pedestrians.

The introduction of the Birds bring no cost to the city, only the riders who partake.

“About a year ago, Bird came to our business community and they said ‘hey we want to bring this to the city,’” Davis explains. “We put together an MOU (memorandum of understanding), it went to council last month and now they’re here.”

To find a city near you where Bird electric scooters are in use, see here.

Electric scooters arrive in Janesville