Scooter pilot program reflects positive feedback
KINGMAN – No significant incidents or injuries have occurred during the first 5.5 months of the Bird Scooter Pilot program in Kingman. Economic Development Manager Bennett Bratley delivered a progress report on the stand-up electric scooter rental trial run during the August 16 city council meeting.
“I’m happy to report that our experience with the implementaton has been mostly a positive experience,” Bratley said.
Bird Rides, Inc. Senior Manager for Government Partnerships Sean Auyash told council members that the 50 scooters deployed in Kingman on March 5 had provided 4,837 rides by early August. He noted the average Kingman ride covered 1.6 miles and lasted an average of 18.4 minutes.
Auyash said heaviest scooter use has occurred in the downtown, as expected, but that a ride concentration has also been documented in the center of the city in the area of the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
“I’m in full support of this. I think it’s needed in our community,” said council member Cherish Sammeli. “I’ve talked to several folks that are in favor of the scooter program.”
Community feedback has been different for council member SueAnne Mello.
“I’ve had nothing but negative,” Mello said. “People contact me with negative input.”
Mayor Ken Watkins said he was skeptical of the program when introduced. He said his support is growing since significant accidents and injuries have not been reported.
Auyash told council members the company is interested in doubling its Kingman service territory and increasing to 100 scooters.