San Francisco announced that only two scooter companies — Scoot and Skip — will get the coveted permits to participate in a one-year scooter pilot program.
What a slap in the face for Uber and Lyft. Uber owned Jump doesn't get a chance? Will they play by the rules and pull out?
Plus what a snub to unicorn startups, Bird and Lime. They are valued at over $1 billion, and they don't even get to attend the dance in San Francisco.
On a related news, Santa Monica announced that FOUR companies - Bird, Lime, Lyft, and the Uber-owned Jump - will receive permits for bikes and scooters.
These bicycles and scooters are immediate commodity. Think about it. They are ALL the same. I overheard people trying to decide which by the color and look of their bicycles.
I have also seen someone trying to return a Lime bike to a MGH bike racks. What a mess.
No one cares which bikes are there.
I've never heard of either of them. Scoot and Skip?
Isn't Jump based out of Santa Monica?
Yes, but they did win the contract in Santa Monica, which must be a relief to them.
Does this mean anything? Won't they all just going to "dance" anyways? They will just put their bikes and scooters on random street corners, and have a thousand people charging them and picking them up as needed. What would the city do?
Wow, so San Fran is cracking down on this? I guess they are trying to avoid the mistake they made with Uber when they chose to do nothing.