If you live in Arlington County, you may have noticed people zipping around on bird scooters, the newest brand of dockless scooters to roll into northern Virginia, but some say they were not officially welcomed.
With no formal county agreement, Bird Scooters began to scatter across Arlington County at the end of June. Arlington’s Commuter Services Chief, Jim Larsen, shared the county’s concerns and says officials are working to put laws into place to ensure resident safety.
“We had been watching Bird Scooters and we knew they were going to arrive…They discussed it with me directly,” Larsen said. “We were already in the process of thinking of developing a demonstration project,” he added.
They’re available in Ballston, Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Clarendon. Some residents say they hope they’re here to stay.
“They make my commute so easy I live right here, I work up the street so I can just zip up and down and it makes the humid days here a little bit easier to get to work,” said Aviva Stone.
“It’s the convenience of it. My commute is about a mile so it takes about 15 minutes to walk and it takes less than 5 minutes on the scooter,” Tony Yanez said.
In a statement to WDVM, a spokesperson for Bird Scooters said, “Bird shares Arlington’s vision of building communities with fewer cars, less traffic, and reduced carbon emissions. Our vehicles are an affordable, environmentally-friendly last mile transportation solution for those trips that are too long to walk and too short to drive. We are thrilled to see the people of Arlington embracing Birds as a reliable mode of transportation.”
Arlington County’s transportation staff are working on a demonstration project to bring to the county manager and county board for approval in the fall.