Simplifying Science

Giving the bird the bird

If you don’t live in Los Angeles, you may think a Bird is just a winged animal that flies through the air. Let me disabuse you of this notion: here in LA, a Bird is also an electric scooter that flies down city streets at 15 MPH, typically carrying one – but often two – unhelmeted riders, many of whom are tweens and teens. Bird (the company) launched its pilot program here just a few months ago. Press for the company states that 30,000 riders used Birds in first 4 months. I believe it because electric Birds suddenly outnumber real chirping birds everywhere I go....READ MORE