Dockless scooters dot sidewalks across Atlanta, but that is not always a guarantee that you can find one in a hurry.
Now, Bird is getting ready to launch Bird Delivery, which will drop off a scooter at your personal nest -- home or office -- and reserve it for you to ride all day.
Currently, scooter renters have to do a sort of seek-and-retrieve to hop on one of the rides, using a map on an app to find where the Birds are nested, as they can be ditched wherever a rider wants.
Some riders in midtown Atlanta seem intrigued by the idea, even as Bird has yet to release pricing information for the upcoming service, or a roll-out date.
Matthew Quinn began riding the electric scooters in recent months, and says the time of day affects how difficult they are to locate. He often needs one in the evening hours, when he says Birds seem to be more scarce, but Limes are not. The idea of scheduling a delivery could be worth exploring, he speculates.
"The pros would be getting it; the cons would be we'd probably still have to wait for it," says Quinn. "Like, they're driving around Atlanta in a truck?"
Bird charges $1.00 to unlock the scooter, and 15 cents per minute after that. Krysta Silva, a university student, says she's curious to know what the upcharge would be for a reserved rental. She says it could be worth the time saved.
"Where my apartment complex is, there's usually not that many,” says Silva, adding, “Every now and again there will be one, but it's like, 'Oh, I want to go to class [and] get there in five minutes,' and there's not one there. So it would be convenient.”
Bird says the vehicle would be dropped off at your doorstep by 8:00 A.M.
The all-day reservation could be a move to give rideshare car services like Lyft or Uber a run for their money.
Dylan Atanasov frequents midtown and Buckhead for work and socializing, and rides the scooters daily.
"I don't drive in midtown, and I take MARTA to work every day, so this is just really convenient when I'm going somewhere besides home," he says.
He expects that he will be a customer who has a Bird delivered to him, since he's had times when he walked out of his home and spent 20 minutes looking for a scooter. The pricing, he said, is not likely to deter him.
"It's probably still going to be better than an Uber most of the time," says Atansov. "This right now, I'm going to a friend's house that's like three miles away, and it's going to cost me about three dollars, or four.
"And I don't have to sit in traffic."
Andy Watson is a scooter commuter who rides every day, but who would not have much use to schedule a delivery, he says. As he got ready to unlock a Bird off Peachtree Street, he says he usually finds scooters in the same spot daily as he heads back to his car in a parking lot.
"They're always right here, so it's not really a big issue. There's been a few days where there hasn't been one out in front of the building, but it's like 200 yards to walk, so it's not that bad," he laughs.
As Watson opened his Bird app, there was the invitation to schedule a delivery. He entered his ZIP code and the app promised to let him know when the service was available.