Skip to main content

The electric scooter-sharing company Bird Rides is continuing to expand operations in Minnesota. 

The number of Minnesota communities outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul offering the California-based company's fleet of dockless, electric scooters has already doubled this year compared to last. 

The company joined St. Louis Park, Grand Rapids, Golden Valley, Duluth, Hastings and Austin this spring after rolling into Albert Lea, Bloomington, Two Harbors, Hopkins and Mankato last year. 

That's according to Garrett Gronowski, a senior account executive with Bird Rides who pitched the concept to the City of Burnsville last month. 

The Burnsville City Council has voiced support for drawing up a pilot agreement with Bird Rides — city officials say it'll take some time to prepare for electric scooters, but the fleet is expected to join the city next spring. 

Company representatives have also been in talks with the City of Savage, according to City Administrator Brad Larson. However, city officials have not yet reviewed a formal proposal. 

While many communities are signaling interest in the micro-mobility industry, others have pulled back. The Edina City Council, for example, ended its relationship with Lime in 2020 after a two-year trial allowing the company's electric scooters. 

Founded in 2017, Bird Rides now operates in roughly 200 cities across the United States and over 350 cities globally. 

"Where you see bikes today in your community, is where you'll see e-scooters," Gronowski told the Burnsville City Council. "They follow the same rules of the road." 

Riders download the Bird app, sign a user agreement and verify their age (users must be at least 18) before cruising away on the scooters. 

A local fleet manager is tasked with "rebalancing" the fleet in high-demand areas and resolving scooter etiquette issues, such as haphazardly parked scooters. 

The scooters cost $1 to unlock and $1 per minute, for an average of $7 per ride, according to Gronowski. 

Next Up

Bar beer

Study: Excessive drinking cost Minnesotans almost $8 billion in 2019

The study was published by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.


Price of Disney+ is going up, unless you want ads

The ad-free version of Disney+ will increase from $7.99 per month to $10.99 per month, effective Dec. 8.


Mall of America shooting suspects arrested in Chicago

The two suspects were spotted leaving a barber shop.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

Walz: Increased state law enforcement presence to stay in Twin Cities

A multi-agency effort to curb crime will go on until further notice.


Bloomington PD to provide update on Mall of America shooting investigation

There's unconfirmed reports the suspected gunman and an accomplice have been arrested.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 3.14.27 PM

Motorcyclist found dead behind guardrail 6 hours after crash

The crash happened before sunset Wednesday, but no one called 911.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 2.49.44 PM

Strike vote set for 15,000 Minnesota nurses

If the nurses walk off the job, Minnesota would be home to one of the largest nurses strikes in U.S. history.


Iowa Gov. asks court to lift injunction on 'heartbeat' abortion ban

A court challenge seeks to revive Iowa's abortion ban.

zipper merge, construction

6 transportation projects in Minnesota get $100M federal funding

The projects extend to areas all across the state.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 9

The number of cases in the latest reporting period dropped compared to the previous week's update.



Minneapolis' Nice Ride bikes and scooters to return in April

The city selected multiple vendors to run the motorized scooter program.

Mayor tells Bird to remove scooters from St. Paul streets ... for now

The city wants the company to wait until it passes rules for e-scooter companies.

Lyft Scooter

Ranking the ride-share scooters in the Twin Cities

There's three companies in on the scooter game.


Massive Burnsville landfill expansion nears final approvals

The City of Burnsville and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are accepting public feedback on the proposal.

Screen Shot 2022-06-22 at 10.07.34 AM

Locally-crafted flowers to be sold at Spyhouse Coffee

The floral pop-up shop will benefit local charities.

Rental scooters are back in St. Paul – this time legally

Lime is the first company to re-introduce scooters to St. Paul streets.

Screen Shot 2022-07-19 at 2.00.59 PM

Cougar spotted prowling in Twin Cities neighborhood

Cougar sightings in Minnesota are extremely rare.