Bird settles down again in Brussels as shared e-step distributor
After Lime and Dott, the Santa Monica-based US micro-mobility company, Bird, becomes the third e-scooter distributor in the Belgian capital. The launch happened earlier this week. During the first two weeks of operations in Brussels, Bird offers rides with their dockless e-scooters for just 1 euro (up to 15 minutes each).
Bird’s e-steps were already on display in the center of Brussels in 2018. Due to winter and a dip in demand, because there were fewer commuters, the 200 shared e-scooters were taken out of the streets in November last year.
However, the Brussels Mobility statistics show that the number of journeys with shared e-steps is decreasing, due to the bad weather and the new semi-lockdown. Statistics show that the use of shared e-steps fell back all the way during the lockdown months of April and May, and then rose to a peak in August and early September. Since then, the number of journeys has again fallen sharply.
According to Inge Paemen, spokesperson for Brussels Mobility, it remains very difficult to determine whether people are not moving because of the lockdown or rather choose another means of transport because the weather conditions have deteriorated.
Bird One Scooters
Bird, the company started in 2017, operates shared e-scooters in over 100 cities in Europe, the Middle East, and North America with 10 million rides in its first year of operation.
The company states that their Bird One Scooters “are equipped with the most sophisticated diagnostics and vehicle technology in the industry”. Each vehicle autonomously checks for faults millions of times per day and shares this data with a team of the company to ensure that “riders have the safest and most enjoyable micro-mobility experience possible”.
4 500 shared vehicles
The Cabinet of Brussels Mobility Minister, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) reports that Bird received its license at the end of October and is now starting with about 200 e-steps.
“There are now about 4 500 shared vehicles in Brussels, 50% of which is Dott,” says Pieterjan Desmet, spokesperson for Minister Van den Brandt at press agency Belga. “That number fluctuates regularly because providers adapt to the demand.”
Winds and Hive, which introduced 500 and 800 e-steps in Brussels in June and July last year, quickly turned their backs on the capital. The 50 shared e-steps of the company Tier also left Brussels last year.