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Bird launches first Netherlands operation with 150 e-bikes

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Micromobility operator Bird has launched its services in The Netherlands for the first time with the deployment of 150 e-bikes in Amersfoort.

The electric bike scheme represents the first of its kind in the Benelux region and will initially run for an 18-month period.

Bird operates shared e-scooters or e-bikes in 350 cities around the world and plans for this latest launch to show how smaller micromobility fleets can work in smaller cities.

Riders can hire a device through the Bird app, with the hire costing 1 Euro upfront and then 15 cents for every additional minute.

“Bird shares the same ambition and environmental concerns as the city of Amersfoort,” explained Kevin van der Weel, Bird Operations Manager Benelux.

“We are committed to offering a sustainable micromobility service that is accessible to all residents so it’s a pleasure to launch our arrival in The Netherlands with the people of Amersfoort.

“During the pandemic, we saw how responsive and adaptable cities were in improving travel conditions for their residents. Since the health crisis, cities and their residents have rethought the way in which short and medium distance trips are made in urban areas. We are proud to offer an innovative and efficient way for residents to get around – especially as the country comes out of lockdown. We believe that everyone should have access to micromobility, not just those who live in big cities.”

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