San Francisco’s WheelMageddon

In this post we will be looking at San Francisco’s electric scooter controversy or as some of the locals apparently call it , WheelMageddon …ouch.

Below is an excellent video that was shown on the NBC network. Perfect for our first post in over ten years. We are curating the biggest curators ever … TV Network News.

 

Electric Scooter Share Program

If you reside in or simply have actually seen a city with a bike share program you understand exactly how it works, you most likely have seen one of the several docking stations around town, where you order a scooter, hit the road and afterwards return it to an additional terminal for the following individual to use. Well now some cities led by San Francisco have actually presented a similar idea with electrical scooters however with one huge distinction that has actually become one large problem.

Popularity

They’ve scooted onto streets across the country. It’s like a watered-down version of a motorcycle a new two-wheeled battery-powered way to get around. Electric scooters have popped up in several cities like Los Angeles, Denver, Austin and Washington but San Francisco, often the launching pad for the next great tech innovation, has become a laboratory of sorts with three different companies operating here, Bird, Lime and Spin.

The Dock-less Scooter

Euwyn Poon is Spins co-founder. Like the other companies, his scooters cost $1 to rent plus 15 cents a minute. They take a trip at approximately 15 miles an hr so you people call this a last mile solution. Actually it ‘s totally all about being able to come up to the front door of your destination. Cyclists find scooters making use of a phone application after that, as Lime VP Ellington shows us, scan them to unlock their ride to ensure that little sound we heard there indicates it ‘s prepared to go. Yes, unlike the bikes that are docked to terminals these transportation scooters are dock-less as well as can be left right at your final location.

Dock-Less Scooter Renters 300 Foot Goal “Too Close for Some”

For the business’s that ‘s key … people are trying to get home. Not go to a docking terminal and afterwards go home. ” Our objective eventually is to have a scooter within 300 feet or less from users at all times ” … for some that is way too close.

Complaints

San Francisco Transportation Agency, which has been fielding complaints about the scooter invasion, wants to make sure that everyone knows that the property owners do not want scooters left anywhere on or around their property. On social media you’ll find pictures of the two wheeler’s in the strangest of places with some using the hashtag– scooters Behaving Badly, others calling it WheelMageddon.

Local Laws | Helmets Please

So far the city’s public works department has impounded more than 500 scooters for obstructing sidewalks and there aren’t just the parking problems, we hear reports of scooters having near misses and even colliding with pedestrians here in California. You’re supposed to ride the scooters in a bike lane, if that’s not available then on the street but you’re not supposed to take them on the sidewalk. Yet many riders are on the sidewalk and many more are not wearing helmets which are required in California.

Watch during the interview with Maguire as riders fly by breaking those rules. Maguire “What do you think when you see that?” local says “Well that’s the kind of behavior that we’re not going to accept”. The city is now cracking down starting tomorrow companies will need a permit to operate”. But those permits haven’t been issued yet so until that happens the scooters will disappear from San Francisco streets.

As found on Youtube

Update: Scooters will return to San Francisco, but Bird and Lime aren’t invited

Go figure, this urban electric scooter thing is serious. I wondered if the fact that the top dock-less rental companies are worth billions had anything to do with it? Already after just 2 months ( remember this is tax dollars at work ) San Francisco keeps the ball rolling but with the little guys. This is encouraging …

Below is from the blog, The Verge*. Highly recommend you reading the whole article and then checking the site out.

After more than two months of waiting, San Francisco has announced that only two scooter companies are allowed to return to the city: Scoot and Skip. The news comes as a rebuke to hometown ride-hail companies Uber and Lyft, which are both expanding beyond cars in an effort to become one-stop mobility shops. It’s also a snub to startups Bird and Lime, which are the two largest shared-scooter operators in the world; each is valued at over $1 billion.

 

 

Skip and Scoot are much smaller companies, but they will no doubt see a boost after winning permits for San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), both companies will be allowed to operate a maximum of 625 scooters each for six months starting in October. After that, Scoot and Skip may be allowed to increase that number to 2,500 scooters each.

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