Lyft and Uber both want in on e-scooter craze

Uber and Lyft scooters are coming soon to San Francisco streets

Ofo's protracted application for a permit to run the city's first bike share scheme was rejected by authorities, meaning the United States scooter craze could be the bike company's chance to have a visible (bright yellow?) presence in the tech center. According to the Chronicle, the city will issue permits to five companies and cap the number of scooters in the city at 1,250.

The city's transportation agency introduced the pilot program in a bid to regulate the new means of transportation after a sudden boom in dockless electric scooters led to chaos on the streets of San Francisco and became a headache for city officials.

However, there are other companies that have announced interest to provide scooter-sharing service in San Francisco.

In a recent news update, Uber, the transportation network company has stated that it is going to invest in another new transportation venture; this time, into the scooter business and has already submitted a formal application for the same.

For the first year, San Francisco will allow a maximum of 2,500 scooters if all goes well during the first six months of the pilot program.

Some locals rejoiced at being able to easily scoot block to block in the congested city. For this goal, they too have applied for a permit. 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.

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The companies that receive permits will get a set number of scooters under the program.

This forced San Francisco to ban the personalized transportation machines until it got its arms around regulations.

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".

Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Of these 12 companies, only six are known to make or operate electric scooters - Bird, Lime, Spin, Uscooter, Skip and Razor.

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