Bird became the first electric scooter service to launch in the UK today, after finding a legal loophole in an 1835 law that has so far blocked the popular scooters from Britain’s streets. The launch is part of a pilot at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will start with scooters being restricted to a 1 mile stretch of private footpath used by commuters to Stratford’s Here East tech hub.
“Technology always comes ahead of legislation,” Richard Corbett, head of Bird UK told Forbes. “What we can do is we can ride on private land. Effectively this means that we can launch in locations such as airports, universities, business campuses and parks with the landowner’s permission.”