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You can go Bird's e-scooters in London today – but only in Olympic Park – TechCrunch

It was just a matter of time before the electric scooters infiltrated U.K. Today, the well-funded launcher launches a fleet…

It was just a matter of time before the electric scooters infiltrated U.K.

Today, the well-funded launcher launches a fleet of its divisional e-scooters in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As part of the pilot, the company makes the scooters between 07:00 and 09:00. for anyone walking between Stratford and Here East, a collaborative campus located in the middle of the park, which is also home to the Bird’s London office. Here is a map of the approved road:

Londoners, or anyone who has followed the shootings carefully, probably will manage their heads, because yes, scooters are illegal on British roads and sidewalks due to old English legislation. During the 1835 Motorway, the UK Department of Transport (DfT) has classified e-scooters as “driven carriers”, a type of vehicle only allowed for use on private property.

To its credit, Bird seems to have found a loophole. It will only drive the scooters in the private country – the Olympic Park – and if riders differ from road or public land, the GPS-scooters will hit down.

Santa Monica-based bird has reportedly been sparring with DfT since last year among attempts to enter London’s market. It is unclear how or if they will be able to start in other parts of the city after this pilot or if DfT is considering changes in its almost 200 year old team; We have reached Fågel for further explanation.

Richard Corbett, Head of Birds UK Office.

“One of the biggest problems facing modern cities is increasing congestion and reducing air quality,” said Richard Corbett, who was employed in May to oversee the launch in Britain, Ireland and the Nordic region. “Bird’s mission is to help solve these issues by getting people out of cars and on environmentally friendly electric scooters. We are very pleased to launch Britain’s first electric scooter pilot – helping to connect the East Campus with Stratford. We really hope that people will try to bird in the Olympic Park and see the benefits of it. “

Earlier this year, Bird completed its first European launch in Paris, which also marked its first foray outside the US market. The company has since released scooters in Brussels, Vienna, Zurich and Tel Aviv, which operate in more than 100 cities in total.

In September, Bird announced that it had watched 10 million scooters since its inception about a year earlier. The value of $ 2 billion has raised the company over $ 415 million in venture capital funding from Accel, Greycroft, CRV, Index Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Sequoia, Sound Ventures, Craft Ventures and others.

Bird was founded in 2017 by former Uber Vice President of Global Driving Power Travis VanderZanden .

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