Ofo applies for e-scooter scheme license in San Francisco

Uber and Lyft scooters are coming soon to San Francisco streets

Uber, Lyft want to scoot you around San Francisco

With Uber joining the fray, at least seven companies are vying for a maximum of five scooter permits in San Francisco. According to the Chronicle, the city will issue permits to five companies and cap the number of scooters in the city at 1,250.

Motivate also operates bike-share programs in eight U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Washington and Boston, and reported 3.18 million rides last month.

Other more expected applications came in from Spin, Lime, and Bird, which were already operating in San Francisco until the city shut down operations last week.

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Axios reported on Friday that San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc.is considering an offer to buy New York-based Motivate International, the bikeshare company behind Ford GoBike in the Bay Area and CitiBike on the East Coast. Motivate is not on the list of San Francisco scooter applicants.

Lyft has been in talks with officials of San Francisco city to discuss possible permit through applications and has proposed some prototypes as at last month according to TechCrunch.

The SFMTA has reacted to numerous complaints about scooters. If the companies don't follow that rule, they could forfeit their chance for a permit.

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To apply for a scooter permit the cost is $5,000 and winners will have the pay $25,000 per year to the city and contribute another $10,000 to property repairs as well as maintenance endowment.

This forced San Francisco to ban the personalized transportation machines until it got its arms around regulations.

Operators that win the new scooter permits will need to provide user education, be insured, share trip data with the city, have a privacy policy and offer a plan for low-income users. The other six companies- Razor, CycleHop, Uscooter, Ridecell, Ofo, Skip - didn't immediately return requests for comment. Scoot rents out motorized scooters that look like mopeds.

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Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said the Jump acquisition will help Uber go beyond "just being about auto sharing and vehicle hailing to really helping the consumer get from A to B in the most affordable, most dependable, most convenient way".

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