Los Angeles Will Limit Popular E-Scooters in Pilot Program

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Bird representative Reed says the company has been collecting that dollar a day and will give it back to the city, with just one ask: that it goes toward safety training or bike lane infrastructure.

Lyft says scooters and bikes offer an affordable option for people without cars to get to transit more conveniently.

Samponaro said Lyft has received a ton of demand from cities interested in scooters. Meanwhile, other scooter companies like Bird and Lime, already operate in Denver. Transportation safety says if they don't see an improvement in the way people handle their rides, there will be a $150 impound fee for misplaced scooters.

Almost a year after e-scooters started appearing in Venice, the Los Angeles City Council has passed legislation regulating these controversial transit devices. Lime and Bird were allowed on Denver streets again in August.

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.

Last month, Lyft also got approval to operate electric scooters in Santa Monica, California, along with Uber's Jump, Bird and Lime.

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The dockless Lime and Bird scooters have proliferated in Westside communities over the previous year, leaving local governments scrambling with how to regulate them. They'll also have the opportunity to launch another 2,500 in low-income neighborhoods, and up to 5,000 more in pockets of the San Fernando Valley.

The transportation service joins the likes of Bird and Lime, earlier startups that kickstarted the electric scooter-sharing trend.

The scooters have a 48-kilometre range and a top speed of 27kmh.

Lyft launched its own electric scooter service Thursday in Denver with a fleet of 250 scooters with plans to expand to 350 vehicles in the area, according to TechCrunch and others. According to the pilot program, a tail light and a notice saying "Not To Ride On Sidewalk" are required for each scooter.

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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