Bird is teaming with Israeli navigation start-up Trailze to pilot Bird Maps, an app that provides specialized navigation for scooter riders who want to ride in bike or micro-mobility lanes for the duration of their trip. The pilot will kick off in Paris, France and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Bird Maps is a free standalone app that offers riders navigation that optimizes for the use of bike lanes, quiet roads and wider surface areas when possible.
During Covid-19 lockdowns around the world, over 300 cities have introduced plans for more than 2,600 additional miles of slow streets and temporary bike lanes.
Patrick Studener, Head of Bird EMEA, says: “By working with Trailze to pilot Bird Maps in Paris and Tel Aviv – two cities that have recently committed to and developed additional bike lanes – we are making it easier for riders to feel more comfortable and safe as they move about their cities without relying upon cars and hope to pave the way for increased adoption and usage of clean transportation.”
Ronen Bitan, CEO at Trailze, adds: “Our vision at Trailze is to make riding human-scale vehicles the easiest and safest option for all. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Bird, the leaders in the shared micro-mobility space, and use our unique navigation technology to revolutionize the way people move around in our cities.”
Trailze is remapping the urban grid with micro-mobility in mind, mapping safe routes based on where riders can actually enjoy riding.