California-based e-scooter rental company Bird has announced the addition of shared e-bikes to its portfolio with the launch of Bird Bike. Bird currently operates e-scooters in more than 250 cities globally.

Bird Bike will be available in 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 QR-based code ‘scan and ride’ facility.

Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird, says, “Shared e-scooters catapulted shared micromobility to the centre stage of eco-friendly transportation in cities by providing more than 150 million zero-emission trips globally. 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 five billion trips per year.

“Cities and riders are best served by efficient, collaborative and non-monopolised transportation networks,” he adds. “Our vision of smart, responsible bike sharing is to provide the best shared bikes and operations when cities need them, and having the foresight to offer the best support and multimodal integrations when they don’t. Cities, people and the planet win when there is greater access to eco-friendly transportation.”