Motorized Scooters

Motorized Scooters (Photo credit: R. Del Rosario/KCBS Radio)

E-Scooters To Return To San Francisco Streets In a Month

Melissa Culross
June 08, 2018 - 1:55 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - You probably can expect to see motorized rental scooters back on the streets of San Francisco as soon as next month. KCBS Radio's Melissa Culross reports that 12 companies are applying for five permits to run scooter rental services in the city by the Bay.

Earlier this year three companies Spin, Lime Bike and Bird dropped hundreds of e-scooters on the streets of San Francisco and they created such an uproar that the city ordered them removed and has since created a scooter rental pilot program.

At least 12 companies have applied to be part of the pilot and now "we'll have a team of people looking at the applications and getting back to the companies by the end of June to let them know whether or not their company has been selected for one of the permits."

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Spokesman Paul Rose says five permits will be issued and the number of scooters on the streets will be limited to 1,250 for at least the first six months.

While many people love the scooters, Tim Hammons who works in the Financial District found them to be a nuisance. "I don't think it will hurt too many people of those scooters are gone or if they get some better guidelines on now."

Companies that have applied to be part of the pilot program includes Spin, Lime Bike and Bird as well as Uber and Lyft.