This Morning: How electric scooters work, where to use them


Birds have landed in East Lansing. 

You may have seen the electric scooters sitting on sidewalks around town.

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s how they work.

Representatives from Bird say that there are about 600 riders each day using the scooters in East Lansing.

You first find a scooter by downloading the app.

Scan a QR code to unlock it.

Then you’re good to start scooting.

To ride one you must be 18 years old.

It costs $1 to start then it’s 15 cents per minute after that.

But here’s the tricky part.

In East Lansing, riders need to be either on the street or in the bike lanes, not on the sidewalks.

But on MSU’s campus, you have to be riding in the street. No bike lanes or sidewalks allowed.

When it comes to parking, Birds need to be out of driveways and walkways.

“I think it’s cool. I think it gives you a lot of freedom to get around campus and it’s  quicker than walking for sure. I think it’s a pretty good idea overall,” says MSU student, Matthew Kowalczyk.

The mission behind electric scooters are to improve transportation in cities without parking and make them more environmentally friendly.

It looks like the scooters aren’t going away any time soon.

Another company called Lime, could be flying into East Lansing and Lansing as well.

You may be wondering what happens when it starts to snow.. well the birds migrate south.

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