A user log into an app to employ a motorized scooter in San Francisco. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/ AP
” The answer isn’t to ban them, but to regulate them and have them are held accountable .”
Opponents of the regulatory attempts had considered that new laws could stifle an important mode of transport in a region that is supposed to be dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on cars.
But Jane Kim, a San Francisco supervisor co-sponsoring the regulatory proposal, said she was not opposed to the overall concept:” Frankly, it appears fun. I don’t have any problems with alternative forms of transportation … I don’t see what the issue is with having rules .”
Kim said her office had fielded repeated complaints about tipped-over scooters blocking sidewalks.
Another major complaint is that users are frequently riding on the sidewalk, which is illegal and dangerous, told Cathy DeLuca, a policy and program director with Walk SF, a not-for-profit organisation.
” People who live here and who struggle to live here are tired of being used as a testing ground without regard for the consequences on everyday folks who are just trying to get around the city .”
A spokesman for Bird, Kenneth Baer, said in a statement that since the company’s San Francisco launch a few weeks ago, users had logged more than 90,000 miles,” which shows that there is great demand for new, environmentally friendly ways to get out this great city “. Bird is also taking action to suspend or deactivate users who transgress rules and pledged to give$ 1 per vehicle per day to supporting bike lanes, street work and” safe riding “.
A Spin spokesperson said the company proactively reached out to city officials before deploying and said it supports the legislation. LimeBike did not respond to a request for commentary.