I'm Andy! I launched a terrible business idea to give kids in Detroit free electric scooters.
I'm Andy, a Detroit native. I started what would be a terrible business but a great social project to give kids in Detroit free scooters.
I recently signed up as a charger for Bird scooters. You might know that when a scooter is super lost they increase the bounty paid out to charge that scooter up to $20. I went into the neighborhoods in Detroit to try and find some of these "high bounty" scooters and what I found kinda blew my mind.
I came into a big housing complex and found about 10 kids pushing around 4 dead Lime and Bird scooters. I got to talking to the kids and they were super friendly but didn't have much of an idea why someone dropped off these scooters in their neighborhood. Scooters that light up totally look like a toy, and so what is an eight year old to do?
The trouble is that kids and lots of adults in Detroit don't have the required drivers licenses, bank accounts or money on hand to take part in this "big cool future." It must really suck to be a Detroit kid in the summertime and see these cool looking scooters with the lights sitting out on the street corner but you're technically not allowed to touch them unless you have the means.
So I started Play Free Bird www.playfreebird.com where people can send us electric and manual scooters from Amazon and we'll assemble, charge and distribute them to Detroit kids who need them. It's a small project designed to make things better. If anyone is going to drop off scooters in an urban environment like Detroit they should be accessible to everyone.
I'm open to your feedback if you have any on our project - and we'd love the support if you have the time.
PS: We got a front page story in The Detroit Free Press about our project. You can read that here: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/09/18/bird-scooters-take-off-detroit-one-guy-wants-make-them-free/1333342002/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it
Proof of identity here: https://imgur.com/a/SafN0Ps (Compare to picture in the Free Press)