San Francisco Sidelines Scooters
A new San Francisco law regulating the use of shared power scooters is intended to protect public safety as the scooters become an increasingly popular means of transportation in the city.
“There have been reports of broken bones, bruises, and near misses by these scooters. In fact, the city has received more than 1800 complaints since April about scooters, including parked scooters blocking sidewalk, bus stops, doorways, and other public spaces,” said San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera.
The law, which was passed unanimously by the City Board of Supervisors on April 24, requires all scooter companies operating in the city to remove their scooters from city sidewalks by June 4. In the future, only companies that have a permit may rent out scooters.
“This permit program represents a thoughtful, coordinated, and effective approach to ensure that San Francisco strikes the right balance,” said Herrera.
Chester Mendoza of Daly City quickly noticed the problem: “I see these like scattered everywhere, it was just getting annoying, you know, and like people would literally come by so quick, driving on the sidewalk and almost hit me.”
After June 4, any scooter found on the streets of San Francisco without a permit could be impounded and the owner fined $100 dollars a day. The company could also face closure.
Scooter company LIME issued a statement that said, in part: “We recognize there is still a learning curve for many riders and will use the time our scooters are off the streets to further promote rider safety and proper parking in the community.”