Is it a rumor?
Bird Scooters, the Uber of scooters, could possibly be seeking out sites to set up ‘nests’ around Lake Geneva. The idea of these ‘Uber’ scooters started in Venice, California in 2017, and the creator would like to see more of them than cars in cities across the nation.
Here’s how it works. Stations known as bird’s nests are located throughout cities or towns. Instead of walking or biking you locate a nest, download the company smartphone app, where you will be charged one dollar to unlock the scooter, and fifteen cents each minute you use the scooter. Once you reach your destination you simply leave the scooter where your journey ends and a ‘bird watcher’ or ‘bird charger’ can see the scooter. Then like a bounty hunter ‘Bird Chargers’ (generally college or high school students) are paid to hunt, and recover the bird scooters, recharge them, and lock them back in their nest. Earning money with each scooter the hunter retrieves has made it fun and relatively easy for college and high school students to earn money.
According to a bird representative they have on occasion had ‘bird chargers’ recover but not return a scooter, claim it is missing or stolen and instead, scrap it, and sell the batteries for fifty dollars. One bird hunter says you never know where you will find the bird. It is a lot like a scavenger hunt that you get paid for playing. You can already find these battery-operated Bird Scooters in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Nashville, and many more American cities. Cities once sold on the idea are now seeing a negative effect in communities. Scooters safety issues have become a big concern with the number of collisions or near collisions happening on roads and sidewalks involving the scooters that are capable of reaching up to 15 miles per hour. Another problem the company is having is people putting the scooters in strange places like garbage cans, or on the side of a cliff, and some Bird Chargers hoard them and wait for them to be considered lost and then collect a twenty-dollar reward for finding them. Ask yourself, does Lake Geneva meet the demographics and really have a need for the scooters? Do kids really need another way to get around town? Will they be allowed to ride them on the sidewalks or in the streets? Is Lake Geneva so big that you can’t walk from one end of downtown to the other? Scooter riders must be sixteen years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
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