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Andrew Yang comes out as pro-Bird Scooters

Yang Gang is now Bird Gang.


David Covucci

Layer 8

Posted on Jun 19, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:20 am CDT

If you live in an urban area you are familiar with the scourge of electric scooters: Birds, Limes, and Spins strewn across sidewalks, the product of tech giants not content to just litter our digital spaces but to junk our physical homes too.

Plus, the mostly dude ridership whips around through streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes, often without regard for anyone else, and endangering people in the name of getting somewhere three-to-five minutes faster.

So it makes sense that Silicon Valley’s e-candidate, loved by alt-right bros and techno-libertarians alike, is a fan of the scoot.

“Every once in a while,” Yang wrote on Tuesday, “a Bird scooter feels like the greatest invention in the world.”

Twitter user Andrew Unger replied, saying that he’d “seen a guy ram into a family of three and two other riders drop their phones in the middle of the street” in the past few weeks.

The scooters have some novelty, for sure, but what they really are is another way in which tech giants—most of the scooter companies are owned by Uber, Lyft, Segway, and the like—offload infrastructure costs, like parking, paths, electricity, and charging, to the government and the public under the guise of providing a utility and service.

They also exploit the slow pace of bureaucracy in most American cities, flooding markets while questions of legality and regulations remain in limbo until they are too big to attempt to legislate away, even if they are causing more harm than good.


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*First Published: Jun 19, 2019, 8:59 am CDT