Bird Scooters Have Landed

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by KCtoBrooklyn » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:11 am

earthling wrote:Will streetcar/scooter complement or compete for riders?
Probably both. Someone with a starting point and destination that aren't too far apart in the Downtown area may just opt for a scooter instead of the streetcar. Someone looking to go from somewhere like 18th and Vine to the River Market could use both streetcar and scooter.

I think as both the streetcar and Bird are expanded into Midtown, there are more instances where using mixed-modes makes more sense.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:15 am

DaveKCMO wrote:
earthling wrote:So just did a spot check on map and it shows less than 50 again. In this case appears to be about a lot checked out at once in active use as the number of map updates per minute higher than through the week. Makes sense given streetcar ridership also higher on weekends. Will streetcar/scooter complement or compete for riders?
Anecdata alert! My scooter trips have mostly replaced walking trips, and a few bus trips (my office is located on several bus lines but they are relatively low frequency and only take me to the East Side or the CBD). I plan to reduce the scooter/walking replacement trips when it's no longer 80 degrees at 7:30am.
I also see using it particularly on hot days. Walking blocks yesterday in 100 was uncomfortable but didn't notice heat when riding scooter.

So between 11:09 and 11:10AM I counted 12 updates on map, much higher than through the week - though next minute only a few. Or to summarize, first day had a map update (check in/out) about once over minute or two, next couple days was typically 1-5/minute with weekend even more usage on avg. If Bird only needs to see 300 rides/day to trigger an expansion, that shouldn't be an issue.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:27 am

KCtoBrooklyn wrote:
earthling wrote:Will streetcar/scooter complement or compete for riders?
I think as both the streetcar and Bird are expanded into Midtown, there are more instances where using mixed-modes makes more sense.
Agree.

On another note, cities should work with scooter operators to develop city-specific laws/rules within the app. Like at checkout, specify the amount of fine if riding on a sidewalk. Even if not enforced, should discourage misuse. A KC article did mention KCPD will fine sidewalk riders.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by tower » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:02 pm

My first Bird sighting in KC was one trapped in my apartment lobby at 11:30 last night...

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by WoodDraw » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:33 pm

All of them have disappeared to the west side of downtown. :D

I love these things and hope they're successful. It's going to take a few years for infrastructure to catch up.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by WoodDraw » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:11 pm

It's actually really interesting to watch them move around. I don't have any near me in the CBD right now. If they're happy with the launch, I hope they'll drop some more. First player advantage :)

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:40 pm

Very few on the map now at 4:38PM. Seems ridership is so high most are running out of power by late afternoon, just a guess.

We were in RM this afternoon (late lunch at Freestyle Poke - yum) to Union Station and noticed anecdotally fewer ride on sidewalk compared to first few days. Also didn't see any poorly parked. BTW, streetcars were often jam packed with 4 running.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by tower » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:24 pm

earthling wrote:Very few on the map now at 4:38PM. Seems ridership is so high most are running out of power by late afternoon, just a guess.

We were in RM this afternoon (late lunch at Freestyle Poke - yum) to Union Station and noticed anecdotally fewer ride on sidewalk compared to first few days. Also didn't see any poorly parked. BTW, streetcars were often jam packed with 4 running.
Our sidewalks are too shitty to ride on. I think a lot of people start on the sidewalk until they get a feel for the controls, and move to the street once they get comfortable.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by flyingember » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:47 pm

WoodDraw wrote:All of them have disappeared to the west side of downtown. :D

I love these things and hope they're successful. It's going to take a few years for infrastructure to catch up.
Two hours later there’s a total of seven available


One is way up off NW 68th
Three in downtown NKC
One in the river market
Two in midtown.

Then one more appeared in midtown making it 8.

Yesterday evening around 7:00 saw six in use in two blocks downtown. They were all pairs of people riding together. One set looked like they were being used for a date.

If this becomes normal they will need to add a lot more.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by beautyfromashes » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:05 pm

If you take a scooter on the streetcar do they still charge by the mile? Is it GPS based or does each scooter have an internal odometer?

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by DaveKCMO » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:57 pm

beautyfromashes wrote:If you take a scooter on the streetcar do they still charge by the mile? Is it GPS based or does each scooter have an internal odometer?
It's time based, by the minute (after the initial $1 checkout fee). Each scooter has a GPS radio and a cellular modem, so they know where they're at all times. I tried to rent one today that had a messed up modem, so it wouldn't let me check it out.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:44 am

Article on Chargers, aka Bird Hunters...
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/ ... ss/560747/

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:20 pm

Did some random checks around 2PM in KC and other cities. KC already down to under 20 on map, maybe meaning most are already out of power, possibly implying more usage than even yesterday as it hit below 20 after 3PM.

I checked Dallas (hundreds operating), Austin (about 100 like KC) and Baltimore (a couple hundred) and most still have power at this time. Either they have Chargers recharging throughout day or KC activity is abnormally high - or something else. No matter how you slice it, time to drop another 100 in KC. Or will the novelty wear down?

I also noticed none show a charge below 15% in any city so suspect when it hits 15% it's taken offline (allowing enough power for Charger people to find scooter).

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by DaveKCMO » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:32 pm

We had several that showed on the map but had problems today. I ran into one yesterday that had a similar issue: showed on the map, but can't check out it.

Today we rode to La Bodega for lunch, then rode up Summit (slowly!), across 14th to Washington/Wyandotte, over the Town of Kansas bridge, down the elevator and across Riverfront Park, then up Lydia/2nd/Holmes/3rd to City Market. Great way to explore your city on a warm day.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:39 pm

^What was your total tab for all those rides?

Under 10 on map now.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by DaveKCMO » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:44 pm

To La Bodega
1.4mi / 0:12m / $2.80

To City Market
5.3mi / 0:34m / $6.10

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:07 pm

A 7 mile tour for under $10 not too bad.

I had a problem a couple days ago where the QR code wouldn't scan on 3 scooters next to each other. So I tried the 4 letter code but also wouldn't work, like it wouldn't submit. It worked fine for others so I closed app, re-opened app and it then worked.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by brewcrew1000 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:08 am

Does anyone know if any of have been stolen or tampered with?

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:16 am

brewcrew1000 wrote:Does anyone know if any of have been stolen or tampered with?
Someone reported finding a few in a recycling bin, but they were rescued.

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Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Post by earthling » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:06 am

Dave, you mentioned that '100 were dropped in KC'. Seems to be only 70-80 in service each morning so apparently a couple dozen are broken/missing/stolen/hoarded or something along those lines. They have been stolen/chopped in other cities for the batteries, apparently can get up to $50 for the batteries.

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