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The company will offer three types of accessible vehicle rentals that can be borrowed for up to 14 days.
Bird, the scooter and bike sharing company, is launching a pilot focused on offering accessible mobility vehicles for people with disabilities to rent in New York City this summer.
In a recent news announcement, Bird said it had partnered with Scootaround, a leading scooter and wheelchair rental company, to test what it called a first-of-its-kind accessible mobility program. In the pilot, individuals will be able to find and reserve one of the three accessible vehicles the companies are making available, including the WHILL Model Ci2 power chair, using the Bird app.
Bird did not specify what other models people would be able to rent but did say they would include three and four wheel scooter options “with attached basket for easy storage.” There was also no mention of the cost of the service. However, a transportable scooter rental on Scootaround for a week ran between $125 and $195 in some U.S. cities.
Kerry Renaud, CEO and managing director at Scootaround, said in the news announcement that his company and Bird shared the fundamental belief that accessible mobility should be available to everyone who needs it.