Uber, Lyft eye two-wheeled business: Electric scooters

Dara Khosrowshahi

Dara Khosrowshahi

Those three business in March released thousands of motorized scooters around San Francisco said the city's Metropolitan Transit Authority during May. The company confirmed to Axios on Thursday, about its venture into San Francisco city's upcoming pilot program; right where its headquarters are located.

Uber and Lyft along with other companies are vying for permits that authorize electric scooter use in San Francisco as the two ride-hailing business look to move beyond their roots for autos.

The city wants to control the scooter sharing via a permitting process during a program of one year. The program will allocate 1,250 permits for the first six months of the 12-month pilot period. Our traditional bikes are versatile and easy to ride; our e-scooters will be terrific for shorter, zipier trips around cities; and our e-bikes are ideal for longer trips and hilly terrains.

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. Other people complained that riders didn't follow the laws of the road and endangered pedestrians by riding on sidewalks and leaving the scooters wherever they felt like it - blocking parking spots, bike racks and wheelchair accesses.

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the Jump acquisition will help Uber go beyond "just being about auto sharing and vehicle hailing to really helping the consumer get from A to B in the most affordable, most dependable, most convenient way". 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.

Scooter heavyweights Bird, Spin and Lime which already run e-scooter hire schemes in the city have applied as have auto ride-sharing firms Lyft and Uber (via Jump, the scooter brand it bought).

A few weeks ago, the city announced new regulations for electric scooters.

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Scooter startup Skip, Bird, Lime and Spin are among the rivals battling for a share in the scooter-sharing service market.

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