GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Bird e-scooters and e-bikes are returning to downtown Green Bay.
The city of Green Bay said it's partnering with the company Bird to provide more eco-friendly ways of getting around the downtown area. Bird provides electric bikes and scooters for cities across the country.
According to the city and police, the scooters have a max speed of 15 miles per hour (12 m.p.h. in some areas) and the e-bikes have a max speed of 20 m.p.h.
The city says both vehicles are equipped with GPS technology to ensure riders are within the designated operating area. Scooters and e-bikes must be parked out of the way of pedestrians and never block driveways or building access. Riders must be 18-years-old and above to access the vehicles.
Green Bay Police recommend users wear a helmet and users should abide by all traffic signals. Police say the rules for Bird scooters or e-bikes are similar to pedal bikes. You must abide by the rules of the road and yield right-of-way accordingly. Anywhere bikes or electric scooters are prohibited such as signed trails or roadways, Bird scooters are also prohibited. Where bicycles are typically allowed, so are Bird scooters.
For safety reasons, police say Birds are not allowed on the Tilleman Bridge (Mason Street) between Jackson Street on the east side to 10th Avenue on the west side. Please use Starr Memorial Bridge (Walnut Street) or Nitschke Bridge (Main/Dousman Street) to cross the Fox River.
Bird representatives are responsible for the collection and maintenance of the scooters and bikes. Anyone with questions can contact Bird at 1-866-205-2442 or email@example.com. For more information, check out the website at www.bird.co.