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Bird, has announced the launch of a brand-new e-bike, Bird Bike, and a Smart Bikeshare platform to meet demand for eco-friendly transportation.

Bird, currently operating e-scooters in more than 250 cities globally, will be bringing e-bikes to its fleet of micro-electric vehicles in select cities this year to broaden access to eco-friendly transportation around the world.

The Bird Bike will be available in select cities throughout North America, Italy, Spain, Germany, Ireland and France this year. Riders will be able to access Bird Bike via the Bird app’s effortless “scan and ride” experience and QR codes on each e-bike.

The shared Bird Bike is a smart, connected vehicle that complements cities’ existing transportation networks. Built with safety and durability in mind, it’s equipped with a high-powered electric motor and has a number of elements including a front storage basket and IoT features such as self-automating onboard diagnostics.

The Smart Bikeshare platform allows Bird to provide communities with the likes of the Bird Bike; integrations with locally owned and operated bikeshare services; partnerships with transit apps for comprehensive trip planning, and access to additional eco-friendly transportation options such as e-mopeds provided by third parties.

Commenting on the launch – Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird, “We are launching our shared Bird Bike and Smart Bikeshare platform to meet fast-growing demand from cities and riders for more sustainable transportation options while expanding our serviceable addressable market by 5 billion trips per year.”

The micromobility giant’s shared e-bike will roll out later this year, with Cleveland, Ohio, being one of the first markets, according to a spokesperson for the company. In a statement, Bird said the bike will be available in select cities throughout North America, Italy, Spain, Germany, Ireland and France this year. Bird did not say how many e-bikes it would be launching or give a more specific launch date.

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