They’re back in San Francisco.
As locals hop aboard, complain about the scooters taking up street space, compete to collect and charge them, and hurl them into lakes, municipalities are left to wonder: How do we manage these things? Some, like Austin, have decided to let the companies be. Others, like San Francisco and Santa Monica, have cracked down, limiting which companies can operate, and how.
As with Uber, Vancouver is apparently being cautious. Or has it just not had to confront the scooter reality when some venture-bro decides to dump them on us?
For more background, Michael Alexander provides this link to Vox: Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained.
(Turns out there’s a lot of latent demand for a quick and cheap way to get around.)
The Wired article concludes:
Officials also see this as a do-over, a chance to regulate a new mobility option in the way they never did for Uber and Lyft, when those options stormed into cities less than a decade ago. “Cities learned two things: to be open to new stuff,” says Bruce Schaller, a transportation consultant . “And you need to guide the introduction, be partners in guiding, testing, and piloting.”
So Vancouver, what’s your plan?