Scooter Mania in San Francisco

Entitled tech bros! Disrupted sidewalks! Mass impound sweeps! Social media convulsions!

April 17, 2018, 10:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Electric Scooters

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"San Francisco's city attorney on Monday issued a cease and desist order for the unlawful operation of scooters in the city," reports Cornell Barnard.

The companies on the receiving end of those cease and desist order: Bird, Lime, and Spin.

Late last week, Michael Cabanatuan reported that the city's Public Works Department had impounded 66 of the scooters and fined the companies for blocking the sidewalk. The three companies deposited the scooters onto city streets just weeks ago.

For a flavor of the public complaints about the scooters, see an article by Adam Brinklow, who crowd sources social media for photos of "scooters behaving badly."

Finally, Megan Rose Dickey reports on the status of an effort by the city to develop regulations for the e-scooter rental companies."The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Transportation Committee has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to develop a permit process to enable the SFMTA to regulate e-scooter share companies," according to Dickey. The next step will be to take the proposed legislation to the Board of Supervisors.

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