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We arrived in Paris this morning and, after dropping off our bags, we walked to our favorite cafe for breakfast and on the way we passed a Bird scooter waiting patiently for a rider.
It is impressive how quickly Bird has built out it’s international footprint. In the winter of 2018, I started seeing them in our neighborhood in Venice Beach Los Angeles.
And now less than 18 months later they are in Paris (and likely many other cities in Europe).
I have no idea how good of a business electric scooters is. There is no shortage of competition and, as I’ve written about here before, the dockless system can be a nuisance leading to inevitable regulation.
But Bird is not waiting to figure all of that out before building
a global footprint. It is impressive. I hope it works. The benefits from an environmental perspective are significant.