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Bird scooters flock to Montpelier

October 12, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new type of bird is flocking to Vermont’s capital.

The Times Argus reports the Montpelier City Council approved a pilot program to allow California-based Bird Rides, Inc. to deliver 100 electric scooters to the city.

Starting Thursday, the scooters will be placed at various points throughout the city. The scooters can be activated through a smartphone app. They cost $1 to activate and 15 cents per minute of use.

The scooters hold their charge for about 20 hours, and contractors hired through the company will collect them and recharge them overnight. Users have to be 18 or older, and the company provides helmets for free.

Councilor Conor Casey says the scooters can help reduce traffic and push the city toward its goal of reducing fossil fuel use.

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