The big San Francisco scooter decision was made. And Skip and Scoot took the prize.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) issued a one-year permit for Skip and Scoot on Thursday, a decision to end months of waiting for 12 companies to compete within the city. JUMP, which acquired Uber in April, and Lyft, Skip, Spin, Lime, Scoot, Ofo, Razor, CycleHop, USSCooter and Ridecell have all applied for permits in San Francisco.
The permits allow a maximum of 625 scooters for each company in the first six months. Scoot and Skip may have the potential to increase their number of scooters in the months from seven to twelve to a cap of 2500, in the sole discretion of SFMTA.
"SFMTA's decision is based on the strength of the proposals submitted by the two companies, combined with their experience of owning, operating and maintaining a common mobility service in the public arena." The agency looked for applications that would address the concerns of the city Security, accessibility for disabled people, justice and accountability prioritized, "said the agency.
The SFMTA stated in its decision that Skip and Scoot had the strongest applications. The agency appeared to be particularly interested in the security measures that these companies intended. Scoot, which has been operating a fleet of electric mopeds in San Francisco since 201
Scoot has also proposed the use of replaceable batteries scooters from the street for regular charging.
"This method could help the city reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled on San Francisco roads, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions," the SFMTA said in its decision.  Scoot said it will soon introduce an electric kicker in its range of electric scooters and e-bikes in response to the decision.
Unsurprisingly, the companies that have lost have expressed dismay over the decision  "Jump has both submitted a strong application and has a track record of successfully working with the city on our motorcycle pilot," wrote one Spokesman of Uber in an e-mail l. "Granting only two scooter permits unnecessarily limits the mobility options in San Francisco and we plan to pursue the SFMTA to share our concerns."
Bird, a scooter startup that has a $ 2 billion rating, said it will continue. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=167 In Bird wanted to return to the city, collaborating with civil servants, partners, community organizations and San Francisco advocates, a spokeswoman said in an email:
Bird, whose goal is to operate in 50 cities worldwide by the end of the year, noted That residents have sent nearly 30,000 emails to city officials in support of Bird to San Francisco.
The pilot is the city's solution to dealing with the scooter chaos of 2018. Vogel and shortly afterwards, Lime and Spin, released their scooter fleet to the city in March without permission. They became an instant hit among city dwellers looking for fast and cheap ways in the city. They soon became pariahs, as scooters flooded streets and sidewalks.
The SFMTA banned a temporary ban on all scooters in May and initiated an approval process as part of a 24-month pilot program that would allow up to five scooters to operate in the city.
Bird, Lime, Lyft and JUMP did not quite lose on Thursday. The city of Santa Monica's Shared Mobility Equipment Selection Committee has officially approved Bird, Lime, Lyft and JUMP Bikes approved to operate both electric scooters and / or bicycles in the city as part of its 16-month pilot program as of 17 September.
Lyft who remains hopeful to offer scooters in San Francisco in the future, now focuses on Santa Monica.
"We are delighted to have obtained a permit for motorcycles and scooters from Santa Monica from the city," said Caroline Samponaro, head of Lyft's bike and scooter policy, in an e-mail statement. "The city's decision to collaborate with Lyft deepens a partnership that will reduce congestion, increase public transport and provide equitable transport solutions to all residents of Santa Monica."