E-scooters return to West Springfield

Nick DeGray and Kristina D’Amours

3 weeks ago

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of West Springfield has once again teamed up with Bird to bring e-scooters to the town, a more eco-friendly way of traveling

“We are excited to see our flock of bird scooters back in the community,” said West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt. “This program has allowed us to work on reducing our carbon footprint along with providing some fun alternatives in the area.”

The town was picked to be a pilot program last summer for the scooters and it turned out to be a success. The scooters allow residents to get around efficiently and encouraged visitors to explore the city. The pilot program saw an increase in foot traffic and business throughout West Springfield.

Mayor Reichelt adds that they are also addressing past complaints about scooters being left behind in undesignated areas, and blocking path ways. “A big conversation we had with bird and their contractor, is when putting them back, make sure that they are put back the way need to be, vertically and perpendicular to the sidewalk so folks can still get by.”

“We applaud the city of West Springfield for their continued commitment to offering convenient, environmentally friendly, and affordable transportation options to residents and visitors,” said Lauren Scribi, Senior Government Partnerships Manager at Bird. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with city leaders to provide our industry-leading e-scooters during the 2023 season.”

Low-income riders, veterans, and senior citizens receive a 50% discount when using the e-scooters, as well as select local nonprofits and community organizations.

Bird has also partnered with communities across Massachusetts to provide scooters as an option for residents and visitors.

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