Landsman says there's consensus on council that safety is the number one issue when it comes to scooter operations.
The Christchurch City Council has moved closer to an electric scooter service being set up in the city on a trial basis. Nonetheless, competing companies include Bird, Lime, Spin, and Razer have all experienced tremendous success in charging people to rent their scooters. Rather than waiting for a bus or taking their vehicle, Lyft users will be able to pull out their phone, unlock a scooter, and then take off to their destination. According to Bird, the company now deploys 8,000 scooters throughout Los Angeles and estimates place the number of Lime scooters in a similar range.
They wrote City Council members, sharing their concerns about Bird Scooter users riding on sidewalks - something Bird and city officials say is not allowed.
"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. "In light of the council's approval, Lime will obtain a conditional use permit to allow more of its affordable e-scooters and bikes to be available for local residents to use". Lyft has plans to initially operate 350 scooters, starting with 100 scooters strategically placed around "opportunity zones", which are appointed as being low-income areas by public transportation.
The scooters, which Xiaomi built, have a range of approximately 15 miles and a top speed of about 15 mph.
David Estrada, a spokesman for e-scooter company Bird, tells City News Service that the firm already operates about 8,000 scooters daily in LA.
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. Scooter companies will also have to print a notice in at least a 48-point font informing riders that scooters are not permitted on the sidewalk.