Bird Cruiser is a whole new take on a bicycle built for two

The mopedlike electric vehicle is scheduled to join Bird's fleet this summer.

Shelby Brown Editor II
Shelby Brown (she/her/hers) is an editor for CNET's services team. She covers tips and tricks for apps, operating systems and devices, as well as mobile gaming and Apple Arcade news. Shelby also oversees Tech Tips coverage. Before joining CNET, she covered app news for Download.com and served as a freelancer for Louisville.com.
  • She received the Renau Writing Scholarship in 2016 from the University of Louisville's communication department.
Shelby Brown
2 min read

The Bird Cruiser is coming this summer.


Not a fan of scooters ? You can still use Bird.

On Tuesday, the electric-scooter company unveiled the Bird Cruiser, a new e-vehicle that looks like a moped. Bird said the Cruiser will roll out this summer as part of its global fleet and give riders another environmentally friendly transit option. Ahead of its widespread deployment, the Cruiser will be available in select test markets.

Bird said it'll offer in the future more details on pricing and on where the test markets will be.

According to Bird, the new Cruiser will include:

  • A padded seat that can fit two adults.
  • The option of pedal-assist or peg.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes.
  • A 52V battery.
  • An advanced LCD Matrix Display.
  • A custom motor.
  • 20-inch wheels.
  • Industry leading standards in durability and reliability.

The Bird Cruiser is the latest product in the company's line. Last month, Bird said it would sell e-scooters for $1,299. The Bird One is available for preorder and comes in jet black, dove white and electric rose. Bird said features include extended battery life and protection, a 30-mile travel range on one charge and better durability. Buyers also get $100 in ride credits to use with the shared fleet and the ability to track their scooter with the phone app, as well as antitheft capabilities through the Bird Hunter Network.

In April, Bird introduced a service called monthly personal rentals. People can sign up for $25 monthly plans and ride all they want during that time. The company will just drop off a scooter wherever you are and then pick it back up when you're done. The service is rolling out in San Francisco and Barcelona.

Originally published June 4, 8:59 a.m. PT.
Update, 9:08 a.m.: Adds comment from Bird and background details. 

Watch this: The newest Lime scooters beef up for safety at CES 2019