how does bird charge you

Here on the Gridwise blog, we recently published the Ultimate Guide to Being a Lime Charger. Today, we’re covering another opportunity to work for a behemoth in the scooter industry – charging for Bird.

Bird first showed up on the streets of Santa Monica in 2017 and gave over 10 million rides in its first year of operation. The startup has now infiltrated over 100 cities across the world with the mission of cutting down CO2 emissions and traffic. Bird is also recognized as the fastest startup to achieve a $2 billion valuation, so they’re not messing around!

In this article, we’ll break down what it’s like to work as a charger for Bird Scooters. If you’re looking for an extra source of income in addition to rideshare driving, read on.

Just like Lime, Skip, and Spin, Bird is a dockless electric scooter company that offers on-demand rides accessible through a smartphone app. According to its website, Bird shares a mission with cities to “reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions by providing people with a safe, affordable, and environmentally friendly alternative to cars.”

To ride, you simply open up the app to find the location of the nearest scooter and electronically unlock it. The fee was originally $1 to unlock each scooter plus 15 cents per minute of riding, but it’s recently been announced that per-minute fares in some cities have doubled.

Bird is available in over 100 markets worldwide, including cities in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Check out this map to see the full list of cities Bird operates in.

What is the Bird Charger Program?

Bird Chargers are hired to catch, charge, and release Birds every evening and the next morning because Bird Scooters must be charged every night in order for users to use them.

It takes some strategy to find a bird, but it’s easy to identify one. Bird scooters have the following appearance and will chirp to make themselves known to Bird Chargers:

In order to make it even simpler for chargers to locate the scooters, the Segway ES2 model, one of the more recent models, actually lights up blue beneath the platform at night. The various scooter models that Bird currently uses are listed below:

What is a Bird charger and how does it work?

In order to keep their scooters operational and ready to ride, Bird depends on “chargers.” A Bird charger is a person who collects scooters from the streets, charges them at their residences, and then returns the scooters to use the following day.

The process focuses on two major tasks: “harvesting” and “serving.”

  • Finding scooters on the street, picking them up in your own car, and charging them at home is known as “harvesting.” To harvest, launch the app and look at the map to find scooters that require charging. On the charger’s map, each Bird appears as a colored icon. The color code represents each scooter’s value according to how challenging it is to capture. For instance, birds that are hidden on private land are more valuable than those that are visible. After locating a Bird, a charger will use a QR code and the app to unlock the scooters, which they can then load into their car—ideally a bigger truck, van, or SUV—take them home, and recharge them.
  • Serving is putting the scooters back on the road following a charging night. Chargers get a message in the morning with details on the “Bird Nests”—drop-off locations. Users report that even though the Birds must be in the Nests by 7 AM in order for morning riders to start, they still received their full payout.

How Do Those Bird Scooters Get Charged Every Night

The scooter craze seems to be intensifying these days and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. You may have seen them on the streets, on the beach bike paths or in the news. And the biggest name in the scooter craze is Bird, which was the fastest company ever to hit ‘unicorn status’ and is now valued at $2 billion!

In addition to assisting in the “first/last mile” problem, Bird is encouraging people to use their scooters to make quick trips outside rather than in cars, which would otherwise waste gas and worsen traffic. Additionally, users can rent by the minute and go wherever their range will allow with apps like Bird, Spin, and Lime.

But beyond riding, Bird also offers a chance for people to make money by becoming Bird Chargers. At the end of the night, Bird relies on an army of on-demand workers to hunt down all the scooters on the street, charge them at their homes and then release them in the mornings. In addition to lots of riding, I’ve been Charging for Bird and it’s been quite the experience.


How does Bird pay you for charging?

The pay per scooter varies based on when the scooter becomes available for a charge and how long its been since its last charge. Bird has a range of $3 to $20 per scooter, while Lime usually starts out with a base rate of $5 per scooter, with little fluctuation in payment from there.

How does the Bird app charge you?

The default way to pay for Bird rides is an unlock fee plus a per minute fee. That pricing information is available on the Payments screen that is accessible via the side menu. Pricing information is also presented to every user before their first ride and when pricing changes.

Why did Bird charge $20?

In some markets, you are prompted to select a Balance Auto Update Plan before starting your ride. The selected amount, for example, $5, $10, or $20, will load on your account in the form of ride credits. These credits will be used for future rides.

How does Bird pricing work?

The cost of riding a Bird scooter is composed primarily of two parts: an initial unlock fee and a per-minute charge. The unlock fee typically ranges from $1 to $3, while the per-minute rate can vary from 10 to 35 cents depending on the city you’re in.