Some bird users in the US may notice a new option when searching for vehicles in the app: public bike stations in the area that are not run by the company itself. Bird has launched a public integration of bikeshare for its application, connecting commuters with local suppliers. In addition to the locations of nearby stations, the integration will also show the number of bikes currently available in each and connect users to the operators’ own applications.
According to the company, this move is part of its Smart Bikeshare program announced in June. Bird also said it enables the business to “strategically meet the multimodal mobility needs of cities without monopolizing transportation options or competing with local businesses.” At the moment, the integration is only available for iOS, although it will come to Android ‘in the near future’. It will also show only bicycle shares operated by the cities of Oslo (Oslo City Bike), Austin (Metrobike Austin), Los Angeles (Metro Bike), San Antonio (SA Bikeshare) and Milwaukee (Bublr Bikes Milwaukee) in Europe and the USA now immediately.
Bird says they are only the ‘first’ to implement the program, so more cities are likely to be added in the future. Especially since the company offers public integration of bikeshare for free for cities and local operators. While Bird is mostly known for its scooters, it also has products that people who want their own bike can buy. It launched its first electric bird bike, at the same time as launching the Smart Bikeshare app a few years ago, and last month it released another $ 2,299 e-bike.
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