"Birds" Are Here. On-Demand Electric Scooters

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via Bostinno     Last Fall, a former Uber-big wig started a ride-share transportation company out in Santa Monica with electric scooters. Bird, as it's called, spread quickly up and down the West Coast and then on to Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington D.C. 

How does it work? Well, the video above should help, but I can save you some time here. In THIS article, a company spokesperson says they are  "perfect for those ‘last mile’ trips that are too long to walk, but too short to drive.”  Now, they've made it to Cambridge and Somerville so far, to see what kind of demand there is. 

Riders can locate the nearest Bird scooter through a smartphone app. Bird costs $1 to start each ride plus $0.15 cents per minute following.  From the looks of it, you can just leave them wherever you want until the next rider access it with their own device. 

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