Bird is making Paris its ‘second home,’ as city cracks down on scooter riding

Bird is planning to build a new hub in Paris and hire 1,000 people over two years to help spur the growth of its scooter-sharing service across the European continent. Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden said the hub will be the Santa Monica-based company’s “second European home.”

Bird first launched its dockless, electric scooter rental business in Paris last August. Since then, its scooters have become a ubiquitous sight in the City of Lights. The hub will complement Bird’s service center in Paris, where employees perform maintenance on the company’s fleet of e-scooters.

But the promise to create 1,000 jobs is unlikely to derail the city’s effort to clamp…

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Author: Andrew J. Hawkins