Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Uber and Lyft's next big thing? Electric scooters you can rent

Uber reportedly weighs bid for company that owns Citi Bike Modal Trigger Shutterstock
Jean Garcia | 12 June, 2018, 20:56

The permits allow a maximum of five companies to operate 500 scooters each in San Francisco for a yearlong pilot program. However this acquisition makes sense for Uber who has recently bought Jump, a company that now has an exclusive permit to run a dockless bike sharing system in San Francisco.

Other firms vying for permits include Spin, LimeBike, Bird, Razor, Scoot, Ofo, Waybots, CycleHop, Ridecell, and USSCooter. According to the program, up to five companies can apply for the permit.

San Francisco temporarily stopped all use of the scooters in sharing programs at it attempts to restore order in the streets and sidewalks, as the most recent transportation trend has exploded with vast popularity. Companies already running schemes in San Francisco were ordered to remove their scooters from sidewalks by June 4.

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On June 1 it was reported that rival ride-hailing company Lyft was close to a deal to buy the Citi Bike operator - which also runs the Ford GoBike program in Detroit. 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 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency hopes to grant permits by the end of the month. "This permit program represents a thoughtful, coordinated and effective approach to ensure that San Francisco strikes the right balance". The companies also need to share trip data with the city and offer a plan for low-income riders.

Uber has declined to comment on the report from Axios so we'll just have to wait and see how this one pans out. Lyft is rumored to be getting into bike rentals too with a possible acquisition of Motivate.

Uber and Lyft are seeking permits to operate electric scooter sharing services in San Francisco. 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.

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