Uber and Lyft will roll out scooters in San Francisco

12 June, 2018, 20:57 | Author: Regina Silva
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According to the Chronicle, the city will issue permits to five companies and cap the number of scooters in the city at 1,250.

If Uber gets its way, it would be double-dipping in the bike-share market - in April it ponied up nearly $200 million for Brooklyn-based Jump, which operates about 425 dockless electric bikes in San Francisco and Washington, DC, and which will be participating in a pilot program in New York City's outer boroughs this summer. Aside from Uber and Lyft, scooter startups Bird, Lime, and Spin are also looking to get a piece of the action.

To apply for a scooter permit the cost is $5,000 and winners will have the pay $25,000 per year to the city and contribute another $10,000 to property repairs as well as maintenance endowment.

"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. 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. The permit process was instituted after thousands of electric scooters descended on San Francisco in April with little to no warning to city officials. The deadline for applying for a permit expired on Thursday.

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For the first year, San Francisco will allow a maximum of 2,500 scooters if all goes well during the first six months of the pilot program.

This forced San Francisco to ban the personalized transportation machines until it got its arms around regulations. "This permit program represents a thoughtful, coordinated and effective approach to ensure that San Francisco strikes the right balance". The SFMTA also didn't return a request for comment. The other companies are Scoot, Skip, Razor, Hopr, USSCooter and Ridecell. Now those companies are vying to be one of the five selected by the end of the month, when scooter rides are expected to resume.

A bidding war to buy the operator of Ford GoBike may be shaping up between ride-hailing rivals Uber and Lyft.

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