Motorized Scooters

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Lyft Looking To Get Into E-Scooter Business

May 22, 2018 - 12:59 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - Ride-hailing company Lyft is considering getting in on the electric scooter business in San Francisco.

The Information reports Lyft has been in talks with City officials to get permits for the service. The company would join Bird, Lime and Spin which deployed their scooters back in March... without seeking permission.

That led to complaints about the scooters obstructing sidewalks and doorways... as well as people using them on sidewalks... and without helmets. Supervisors quickly passed legislation giving the City's Municipal Transportation Agency the authority to regulate scooters.

The agency is planning to allow 5 companies to deploy a total of 25-hundred scooters on a one-year trial basis.