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San Francisco grants bike and scooter permits to only two companies - Scoot and Skip (One year Pilot)

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SmittenKitten
1896 Rider
 Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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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.

https://www.sfmta.com/blog/sfmta-offers-two-permits-one-year-powered-scooter-pilot

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    SpikeSparkle
    161 Rider
     10 months ago

    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.  

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    JMartensen
    161
     10 months ago

    I've never heard of either of them. Scoot and Skip? 

    Ridiculous names.

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    KamelKamelKamel
    79
     10 months ago

    Isn't Jump based out of Santa Monica?  

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      mboscorelli
      253 Rider
       10 months ago

      Yes, but they did win the contract in Santa Monica, which must be a relief to them.

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    DaimsLer
    251
     10 months ago

    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?

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    bBerman81
    267 Rider
     10 months ago

    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.