Crews with the San Francisco Department of Public Works continued confiscating powered scooters Thursday for what the department’s spokeswoman said is a “flagrant disregard for the rules.”
The scooters were deployed throughout the city in March by companies LimeBike, Spin and Bird.
The scooters, which have a GPS device that allows users to find them via a mobile app, are often seen being used on sidewalks and left unattended, oftentimes on their side.
The confiscations come on the heels of the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote to require the scooter share programs to seek permits for their vehicles.
Unpermitted scooters will be confiscated.
In addition, an online permit application for the share companies wouldn’t be ready until at least mid-May.
A spokesperson for LimeBike said that the company is taking the Board of Supervisors vote and the cease and desist letter seriously.
LimeBike sent KRON4 the following statement:
Safety: We will provide LimeSF branded helmets to our users at LimeBike’s San Francisco headquarters, starting Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day) between12PM-3PM. We will continue to distribute helmets through our local operations team and established community partners.
Parking: We will develop a new in-app feature for riders to submit a photo of their properly parked scooter at the end of each ride.
Sidewalk usage: We will update the existing guidelines on our scooters to clearly state and display proper usage i.e. Riding on or blocking sidewalks is illegal. We will also make changes in-app to reinforce this message.
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