The city's been waiting...for what feels like forever for rentable electric scooters to arrive. Tuesday is finally the day when the biggest city in America allows the battery-powered two-wheelers onto roads. Lime, Bird, and Veo are the three operators that received permits for scooter-sharing in a section of the Bronx, the borough above Manhattan. The three companies will each have 1,000 scooters -- making a total of 3,000 -- available throughout the East Bronx via their respective apps. Lime will charge $1 to unlock and $0.30 per minute, while Veo will charge $0.39 per minute.
After months of deliberation, San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency has finally awarded scooter permits to two companies, and not to the ones you might expect. While Bird, Lime and Spin were the first to roll into the city earlier this year, their applications for scooter permits were denied. Permit applications from other big players like Uber and Lyft were denied as well. The only companies to have been awarded permits for a one-year powered scooter pilot program are Skip and Scoot, which are relatively smaller in size. The city's relationship with these electric scooters have been quite a contentious one.
E-scooter rental sharing is finally coming to NYC starting with a pilot launching in the Bronx, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today. The program will start this spring with 2,000-3,000 scooters in the northeast part of the borough, in the vicinity of Eastchester, Wakefield, Pelham Parkway and Co-Op City. "We are happy to deliver the city's first e-scooter share pilot -- crafted to allow Bronx residents to try e-mobility to and from countless critical destinations," said DOT commissioner Hank Gutman in a statement. NYC has already legalized electric moped and e-bike sharing, with companies like Lyft's Citi having already established a presence. E-scooters themselves are also legal, but only for purchase or long-terms rentals -- meaning short-term rental shares from the likes of Lime and Bird are still nowhere to be seen in the Big Apple.
After months of scooter-less streets in San Francisco, city transportation officials finally broke their silence Thursday to announce which electric scooter companies would be allowed to rent out the battery-powered vehicles. Of the 12 companies that applied for a year-long pilot program in San Francisco, only two were selected: Skip and Scoot. The two companies are allotted 625 scooters each available to riders starting Oct. 15. The final decision came as a bit of a surprise to some companies, seeing as the city originally said it could award up to five companies permits back in June. It comes off as a retaliatory move for Bird and Lime, scooter companies that came into the city early without collaborating with officials.
The motorized scooters arrived with a vengeance--but cities including San Francisco are putting up a fight. Now, they're realizing something has to be done before their communities are covered in e-scooters or before someone gets seriously hurt. The scooters have been an especially popular option for short trips. A network of contract workers are paid to scoop up scooters, charge them at home, and return the juiced-up devices to the streets in the morning. SEE ALSO: E-scooters aren't getting stolen, the real issue is sidewalk litter Despite a two-month lag, San Francisco has decided on a heavy-handed approach to the companies, which usually charge around $1 to unlock the devices and 15 cents per minute to ride.