Lyft Launches Its Own Electric Scooters in Denver

Kenny Grant
September 10, 2018

While electric scooters have without a doubt transformed the way we travel around cities, they aren't without controversy. "We will continue to embrace different forms of transportation, but not at the expense of safety or public process".

Other companies like Lime are believed to also have thousands of scooters in the city, which means many will need to be transferred to other areas or removed altogether.

Uber is expected to deploy its own scooters in rival Bird's hometown of Santa Monica, California within a few weeks, according to a company spokesperson.

To ramp up its business in Denver, Lyft created a Lyft Community Pass for Denver residents older than 18, with each pass costing five dollars annually for unlimited 30-minute rides for free within the service area.

The City of Norfolk has impounded the scooters until officials can have a meeting with Bird.

"Lime is honored to have operated the only approved pilot program in Los Angeles, launched in 2017 under the leadership of Councilman (Joe) Buscaino, who was the first to introduce dockless mobility to LA", Lime's statement says. They will only be available to rent between 6AM and 8PM.

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Lyft has jumped on the electric scooter-sharing bandwagon.

The downtime at night will be an opportunity to charge, service, and transport the scooters, according to The Verge, which received confirmation about the rollout from Lyft.

Lyft's approach differs from that of Bird and Lime, which launched in Denver and many other cities earlier this year without municipal approval.

Both companies say, despite being known for ridesharing, they see enormous potential in electric scooters and bicycles. But San Francisco regulators snubbed Lyft, along with Uber, Bird and Lime, on granting these companies operating permits. They have a 15-mile range, a top speed of about 15 miles per hour, and can be hired through Lyft's app.

In the future, operators will be required to use technology that can tell if a device is parked upright. Companies will also have to establish a 24-hour hotline for people to report the vehicles.

There will be a 120-period in which the City will issue permits to companies followed by a one-year pilot period with the regulations in effect.

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