Uber and Lyft Eyeing Electric Scooters

Marco Green
June 12, 2018

Ofo's protracted application for a permit to run the city's first bike share scheme was rejected by authorities, meaning the United States scooter craze could be the bike company's chance to have a visible (bright yellow?) presence in the tech center. The city will give up to five company permits to operate.

Motivate also operates bike-share programs in eight USA cities, including San Francisco, Washington and Boston, and reported 3.18 million rides last month.

However, there are other companies that have announced interest to provide scooter-sharing service in San Francisco.

Uber confirmed to Business Insider that JUMP, the electric bike share company Uber recently acquired, is applying for a scooter permit in its hometown of San Francisco.

In the first year, the city will allow up to 2,500 scooters if all is going well during the first half year of the program.

Some locals rejoiced at being able to easily scoot block to block in the congested city.

Sequel to SFMTA's plan to limit the number of permits to five, the only way more than five companies would participate in the service is through partnerships.

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. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is issuing the permits, said it will likely take until the end of June to finalize the permits.

Preference will be given to companies that can ensure their customers properly ride and park the scooters on streets and sidewalks.

In San Francisco. Uber and Lyft will be competing for permits against electric-scooter providers Bird, Lime and Spin.

Of these 12 companies, only six are known to make or operate electric scooters - Bird, Lime, Spin, Uscooter, Skip and Razor.

First look at the ofo e-scooter with Segway branding. In a new report from Axios, it seems that Uber is also interested in the bike-share market and could be looking to make a takeover offer to Motivate, the company behind the likes of the CitiBike and Ford's GoBike.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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