Uber and Lyft scooters are coming soon to San Francisco streets

12 June, 2018, 20:56 | Author: Eric Barnett
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The hoopla began after three companies, Bird, Lime and Spin unloaded their e-scooters in San Francisco in late March without any forewarning to lawmakers or residents.

In the first year, the city will allow up to 2,500 scooters if all is going well during the first half year of the program.

Uber applied for the permit through Jump, an electric-bike sharing provider it acquired in April.Uber's CEO recently said he envisions his company going beyond auto sharing and into bikes, and possibly scooters, so people have more commuting options.

"San Francisco supports transportation innovation, but it can not come at the price of public safety", San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement in May.

Www.cnet.com report on Friday that San Francisco officials passed a law in April limiting the number of scooters in the city. For this goal, they too have applied for a permit.


This forced San Francisco to ban the personalized transportation machines until it got its arms around regulations. The number of permits could double in the program's remaining six months.

To get the permits, each company has to demonstrate that it will provide user education on safe sidewalk riding and parking, be insured and have a privacy policy to safeguard users' information.

Scooter heavyweights Bird, Spin and Lime which already run e-scooter hire schemes in the city have applied as have vehicle ride-sharing firms Lyft and Uber (via Jump, the scooter brand it bought). The deadline to apply was Thursday. The SFMTA also didn't return a request for comment. Scooter startup Skip, Bird, Lime and Spin are among the rivals battling for a share in the scooter-sharing service market.

First look at the ofo e-scooter with Segway branding. Ofo's protracted application for a permit to run the city's first bike share scheme was rejected by authorities, meaning the USA scooter craze could be the bike company's chance to have a visible (bright yellow?) presence in the tech center.

Earlier this week, Uber launched its electric bike-sharing program in Berlin, Germany, in a move that shows the ride-sharing company isn't just about cars.

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