Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Lyft deploys electric scooters in Denver as cheap transportation option

Lyft deploys electric scooters in Denver as cheap transportation option

The company, Bird, didn't come to the city with any sort of agreement so its hard for the city to enforce any rules on these scooters.

Landsman says there's consensus on council that safety is the number one issue when it comes to scooter operations.

Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, told the City Council that both Bird and Lime had made statements to the media that they are operating around 10,000 scooters in L.A.

Riders can pay an added fee of 15 cents a minute to reserve a scooter through the app, for example. But one city official said the company has around 15,000 devices citywide, according to Curbed.

The launch in Denver also comes after that city had previously taken scooters from competitors like Bird and Lime off the streets for launching without permits; the city has since offered permits to several companies for both scooters and dockless bike-sharing as it explores ways to reduce vehicle ownership over the next decade.

Lyft plans to launch a scooter-sharing service in Santa Monica on September 17.

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The scooters have become highly visible on the Fresno State campus, with students riding them through walkways and leaving them outside classrooms and campus buildings.

The scooters are able to travel up to blazing speeds of 30 miles per hour, making them an easily accessible way for people to travel short distances without having to worry about traffic and parking.

In Denver and nationally, Lyft's scooters are playing catch-up to those deployed last month by Lime and Bird.

The transportation service joins the likes of Bird and Lime, earlier startups that kickstarted the electric scooter-sharing trend. Public Information Officer Julie Hill told News 3 that they're allowed because the company has a business license in the Commonwealth.

Other provisions include a requirement that scooter companies will have to develop technology to make sure devices are parked upright. 5 welcoming the new regulations, which would allow "companies to provide enhanced mobility options for the city's residents", reported CNS.

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