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Bird, a company that provides shareable electric vehicles, offers scooters for rent to Danville residents and visitors.


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DANVILLE, Va. — Residents and visitors to Danville will soon be able to get around on rented electric scooters.

Bird, an electric vehicle sharing company, will bring about 20 to 30 stand-up scooters to Danville by the end of this month or early February, said Michael Ellis, a spokesman for the company. This number will eventually increase to 50.

“We’ll be operating a fleet of 50, but you can expect to see 20-30 at first,” Ellis recently told the Danville Register & Bee via email.

They will be located throughout Danville, most near downtown, Ellis said.

The cost of renting the scooters will be $1 to start, with per-minute charges after start-up. Most rides will cost between $4 and $7, Ellis said.

Giving away the scooters will help reduce carbon emissions and ease traffic congestion, he said.

“Scooters also provide a safe way to circumvent the pandemic and give carless residents another transportation option,” Ellis said.

The scooters can be used on roads and in cycle paths and have a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour.

Bird is giving the scooters free to the city, Ellis said.