San Francisco announced which companies would be given permits to operate scooter services
in the city, and they’re likely not names you’ll recognized. Skip
will be allowed to operate 1,250 scooters each, with the possibility of an increase in six months.
Uber, Lyft, Bird, Lime, and many others were left out. The city ranked each company based on “how well they educate users on safe riding practices, their experience operating logistics businesses, and how they’ll ensure their scooters are redistributed to low-income residential areas.” Bird was near the bottom.
Many are (rightfully) seeing this as a message from San Francisco that they will no longer tolerate transportation startups that ask for forgiveness rather than permission. It should come as no surprise that after flooding the streets, both Lime and Bird
have announced a number of initiatives to try to rehabilitate their images — but clearly it wasn’t enough for San Francisco.