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City Officials Issue Cease & Desist Orders To 3 Motorized Scooter Companies

Megan Goldsby
April 16, 2018 - 4:35 pm

(KCBS Radio) -  The City Attorney of San Francisco has issued a cease and desist order against three motorized scooter companies. As KCBS Radio's Megan Goldsby reports over the last few weeks the scooters have been piling up on city sidewalks.

The order was announced in the middle of a meeting of the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee where supervisor Aaron Peskin was calling for a new violation on the books for illegally parking and writing these new scooters. 

"During the course of this hearing. We have received and you have received a cease and desist order from the city attorney of the city and county of San Francisco for nuisance violations." Peskin states.

"I read it," said Carl Hansen with the scooter company, Bird. One of the three named in the cease and desist along with Lime and Spin.

"We do absolutely empathize with the concerns of the community. We do not want to see riders riding dangerously on sidewalks or riding on sidewalks at all. Parking on sidewalks and ways that present a hazard." Hansen adds.

But that is exactly what's been happening says San Franciscan Fran Taylor who spoke at the committee's public comment period.

"Somebody whizzing along at 15 miles an hour, that's a symbol of entitlement and arrogance and I think that these scooters run amok are actually a plot of the young people to kill off all us old farts so they can have our rent controlled apartments." Taylor says.

The committee voted unanimously to move the proposal for new violations to the full board meeting on Tuesday.