Thursday, August 30, 2018

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Posted in  Uber, Lyft, Lime, Bird, Neutron Holdings, San Francisco, Ghost Busters, City Of Tampa, Tampa Police, Public Transportation

Scooters

  • Each company is allowed 625 scooters for the first six months; while the total can be increased after to 250, from 1,250.
  • San Francisco helped popularize the electric-motor-powered, kick-like scooters, which rent for at least $1 a ride via a smartphone and can be picked up and left most anywhere.
  • Controversy erupted over riders on sidewalks and the clutter created by parked scooters. San Francisco officials impounded hundreds of scooters, and pledged a permit program meant to limit the number of the vehicles while keeping a tighter grip on parking and safety problems.
  • Sixteen-month-old Bird was recently valued by investors at $2 billion, and 20-month-old Lime at $1.1 billion, the two fastest U.S. startups ever to pass a $1 billion valuation, according to data tracker PitchBook.

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