Bird, headquartered in Santa Monica, is now offering 50% off scooter rides to many members of the community, including low-income cyclists, Pell Grant recipients, some local nonprofits and community, veterans and the elderly. The new community fare program is designed to provide affordable transportation as a safe alternative to public transit during the pandemic.
“Community Corp Santa Monica is thrilled that Bird is bringing new community pricing to our residents. Many of our employees and residents already use Birds as a way to get around Santa Monica and this discounted offer will provide a lower cost that will help during these difficult times,” said Tara Baruaskas, Executive Director of Community Corp Santa Monica.
To register for the program, community members can send proof of eligibility to [email protected] Seniors must send ID showing age 65 or older and low-income residents must show enrollment in any state or federal low-income programs such as SNAP or low-income utility bills reduced.
“We are working in partnership with a number of community organizations in Santa Monica, such as CCSM and Heal the Bay, to promote Bird as a sustainable and affordable transportation option to their employees and, where appropriate, the communities we they serve,” said Tim Harter, Government Partnerships at Bird and Santa Monica resident. “We invite any local nonprofits or community groups who believe they could benefit from this program to contact us directly.”
This community pricing program is available through the end of the year and was inspired by positive feedback from Bird’s free ride programs for teachers and healthcare providers. The expanded program is designed to help those invested in the community and those heavily impacted by the economic and security consequences of COVID-19.
“We have seen a tremendous number of cyclists using Bird to get around Santa Monica this summer. We are also seeing more first-time riders. We are proud to roll out this new program to reach even more people with our outdoor mobility,” Harter said.
Part of the surge in local e-scooter use is the result of health issues related to commuting on public transit or Ubers, according to Bird. Bird scooters are designed for personal outdoor transportation and are sanitized with each charge or service. Between these times, field members perform spot cleanings on high-touch surfaces like bells, throttles, and handlebars.
“In a world of distance and uncertainty, the ability to move safely, sustainably and affordably becomes more important than ever,” said Rebecca Hahn, director of corporate social responsibility at Bird. “We hope that our new expanded community fare program will not only provide greater access to transportation for those affected by the recent public transit strains, but also be a small source of reliability and reassurance for people. in a year that has been anything but.”