Electric scooters sit in Hermann Heights Park, waiting for warmer weather and renters.

NEW ULM — There’s an old saying that a bird needs three snows on its tail before it really is spring.

If that applies to the Bird e-scooters that returned to New Ulm for hire near the Hermann Monument and in front of the Chamber of Commerce from Monday, there are still two snows to go.

The e-scooters were initially launched last summer in New Ulm and have remained in service through the fall. Electric scooters were taken off the streets during the winter. Monday’s 60-degree weather, however, prompted their return.

But Wednesday’s snowfall signaled that true spring might not be here yet.

Despite the snow, Bird scooters are still available for rent. The cost remains $1 to start and 39 cents a minute after.

Scooters can be parked at the user’s final destination. All Bird scooters have GPS tracking, so a maintenance crew will collect the scooters and move them.



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