For one dollar, plus 15 cents per minute, you can now fly your own “Bird” around town.
"It's quite a far walk- maybe eight blocks- so I'd definitely ride one back and forth to my car and to my office," says one downtown office worker,
Bird is the latest smart mobility program to launch in Columbus - electric scooters that go up to 15 miles per hour.
"I thought this would be a fun way to enjoy a pretty afternoon and not have to get my car out of the parking garage," says Alex Fischer with Columbus Partnership. "I thought this would be a fun way to enjoy a pretty afternoon and not have to get my car out of the parking garage."
Some people we found scoping them out today think it's a good idea.
"I think it'll be a good addition to the short north and other areas around downtown, especially lunchtime or places that are hard to find parking," says John Moberger.
Others people aren't so sure about Bird.
"I think people will be jumping on those that don't know how to operate scooters," says Jack Winborne.
The scooters themselves spell out what the safety rules are, like wearing your own helmet and keeping them off the sidewalk. Fischer added, "I think people have to take personal responsibility for their own safety."
"How fast are they going to be in traffic on the street? That doesn't sound like a good combination with cars going fast," asks Winborne.
When the scooters run out of juice, Bird chargers like Moberger will take them home to recharge, and earn some extra cash. He says the City of Columbus showed up at an informational meeting Tuesday night and said, "We need to put regulations on it. We're not anti-Bird but we don't want these scooters all around here basically littered on the sidewalks and all that."
ABC 6 reached out to the City of Columbus to hear what they had to say about Bird. They sent us the following statement:
"The Department of Public Service is aware that this company has begun to operate in the City of Columbus. The City looks forward to working with the company to see how it can best operate while ensuring that the public right of way is managed efficiently. I would refer you to the company for more information on their service."