Bird scooters brew excitement in the community

    Bird scooters parked at a bike rack in downtown Bakersfield Dec. 8, 2018 (KBAK/KBFX photo)

    The new Bird scooters have many in the community buzzing with excitement.

    The motorized scooters were introduced to the city on Friday. In just two days, they are already brewing a positive response from riders and business owners.

    Jayme Grady said she has already gone on three scooter rides and has really enjoyed the new ride option in town.

    "You kind of get it going and, you do, you feel like you're flying a bit," she said.

    Justin Salters and his brother rolled around downtown in a Bird scooter on Saturday morning, after learning the new ride was available.

    "We met up downtown, parked our cars, and we're just birding around, checking out all the different places and shops that are open," Salters said.

    Isaac Dennis, owner of Rig City Coffee Roasters, has a bike rack right outside his business and said he has seen many people using them.

    "It's been busy," Dennis said. "I think they're completely all gone right now."

    The Bird scooters are also stirring safety concerns.

    CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez said with the scooters on the road, riders and drivers must be even more vigilant, especially at night time.

    He said scooter riders are expected to follow the same traffic rules as normal drivers.

    "There's a lot of people that I think are confused about how it's going to work out," Grady said. "I think it's awesome. I think it's exactly what downtown Bakersfield needed."

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