What You Need To Know About Bird Scooters in Indianapolis, IN
Updated: Feb 28, 2020
What an amazing 4th of July weekend this past weekend in downtown Indy. The weather was hot and everybody was out and about. It was my wife and I's 10th anniversary weekend. We don't get out much and decided to keep it local to see what downtown had to offer. Our normal trips downtown usually involve eating dinner with our kids or going to Indians games. We never just freely browse around downtown so we decided to do just that.
Over the last few weeks, I kept hearing about these scooters and how the city is trying to regulate them, etc. I didn't really think anything of them until we got downtown Saturday afternoon. We saw scooters everywhere! I mean everywhere. If you weren't on a scooter, you almost looked out of place. We had no major plans on this hot afternoon, and we wanted to know how these Bird Scooters work?
I know how to operate electric scooters from riding my kids scooter around at home, but I didn't know where to begin with these. I pulled up their app from my phone and still couldn’t find many details here as to what to do.
As you are walking around downtown Indy, you will see scooters parked everywhere. Some in front of stores, some curbed on the sidewalk, and some next to bike racks. Are we able just to take these or where do we get them from? What do you do with them when you are done? We had so many questions.
Real footage of me after learning how to ride these scooters..... Not really but this is how I felt I looked when going up and down sidewalk ramps anyways :)
To save yourself some time, you should click here to download the Bird app before you go downtown. If you use my link, I believe you will get $5 in credits too!
When we got the app up and running, we had to go through a verification process first. This process had to verify you and your drivers license, and then you had to agree to a lot of things (for liability purposes). Once you get through that, you can enter in your payment info to be saved on the app. After you do that, you are ready to ride.
Here's how Bird Scooters work:
1) Pull up the app on your phone and on the home screen of the app will pull up a GPS map for you. This map will show you where you are at, and where the nearest scooter is to you. It will also show you how much battery percentage the scooter has left.