Lyft Scooters Hit DC Streets (10-18-18)

Ride-hailing company Lyft joins the dockless electric scooter experiment in the District, rolling out its own Lyft-branded scooters across D.C. (Courtesy Lyft)

WASHINGTON — Ride-hailing company Lyft joins the dockless electric scooter experiment in the District, rolling out its own Lyft-branded scooters across D.C.

It is Lyft’s first scooter launch on the East Coast.

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More Shared Scooters Are Coming To The District’s Streets (8-21-18)

Rental scooters are becoming an increasingly popular way to get around Washington. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Love it or hate it, more electric scooters are on the way to the nation’s capital.

San Francisco-based start-up Spin, one of several companies that arrived in the District as part of the dockless bike-share hype last September, says it’s removing its bright orange bikes from city sidewalks and replacing them with scooters, an attempt to catch up with competitors who have found the scooter to be a more lucrative option than the bike.

“When given the option, demand for scooters is 10 times more than for bikes,” said Brian No, Spin’s head of public policy. “We need to focus on what the consumers really want.”

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Scooter Companies Are Trying To Rehabilitate Their Reputations As Cities Crack Down (8-23-18)

Photo by Andrew Liptak / The Verge

After flooding dozens of cities with tens of thousands of pay-per-minute electric two-wheelers, the bike and scooter companies have hit a snag: cities are increasingly passing new rules to regulate their use. As part of their effort to get into the good graces of regulators and lawmakers writing these rules, the scooter startups are rolling out new products and initiatives that emphasize charitable giving, outreach to low-income communities, and infrastructure improvements. It’s image rehabilitation 101.

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Scooter Company Bird Offers to Pay Cities to Build Bike Lanes (8-2-18)

Image: Bird.co

Bird, the scooter start-up that became a Silicon Valley unicorn seemingly overnight, wants to chip in to fund bike lanes in cities.

Patrick Sisson at Curbed reports that the company has pledged to contribute $1 per scooter per day into a fund that will pay for projects that carve out street space where its users can ride without getting intimidated by drivers or aggravating people on sidewalks. The company urged other scooter and bike-share firms to do the same.

Bird will also convene a “Global Safety Advisory Board” led by David Strickland, the former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and currently a major lobbyist for the self-driving car industry. The advisory board will make safety recommendations addressing walking and biking as well as scooters, Sisson reports.

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