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Bird Scooters Migrate to Downtown Abilene and ACU

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – If you haven’t noticed people riding through downtown Abilene on motorized scooters, here’s your official announcement: Bird scooters are back in town.

Electric scooters first hit the city in summer 2018 and were phased out around spring 2019.

But now they have migrated back.

According to a press release from Abilene Christian University (ACU), Bird scooters are available both around downtown Abilene and on the ACU campus.

The scooters are activated via a free mobile app and can be used to save gas in the car or instead of a longer walk. Apps are available through both google play and Apple App Store.

The ACU said Bird would also provide quarterly donations to the university, based on scooter usage.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bird to ACU and look forward to providing community members with a fun, eco-friendly way to get around,” said Kevin Campbell, senior vice president of operations. “Students, faculty, staff and visitors will now have a new way to get around campus and to various places in the community.”

ACU included in the release indicating that Bird passengers are eligible for these benefits:

  • Community Pricing Program

Pell Grant recipients, low-income cyclists, some nonprofits, veterans, and seniors can get a 50% discount. Qualifiers can register using the Bird app, create an account and email proof of eligibility here.

  • Free rides for healthcare workers and emergency personnel

Register by emailing a copy of your medical ID, name and phone number here. Eligible passengers can get up to two free 30-minute rides per day.

Bird now has a presence on nearly 100 college campuses across the country.

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