And car-sharing companies Uber and Lyft want to get in on the game, too. The ride-hailing company recently applied for a permit to join the city's pilot program in an attempt to cash in on the e-scooter craze.
"San Francisco supports transportation innovation, but it can not come at the price of public safety", San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement in May. Motivate is not on the list of San Francisco scooter applicants.
Axios reported on Friday that San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc.is considering an offer to buy New York-based Motivate International, the bikeshare company behind Ford GoBike in the Bay Area and CitiBike on the East Coast. The permit process was instituted after thousands of electric scooters descended on San Francisco in April with little to no warning to city officials.
Sequel to SFMTA's plan to limit the number of permits to five, the only way more than five companies would participate in the service is through partnerships. In the first six months there will 1,250 scooters on the streets and, if deemed successful, the number could be doubled for the rest of the year. Other people complained that riders didn't follow the laws of the road and endangered pedestrians by riding on sidewalks and leaving the scooters wherever they felt like it - blocking parking spots, bike racks and wheelchair accesses.
In San Francisco. Uber and Lyft will be competing for permits against electric-scooter providers Bird, Lime and Spin.
Uber has declined to comment on the report from Axios so we'll just have to wait and see how this one pans out.
With Uber joining the fray, at least seven companies are vying for a maximum of five scooter permits in San Francisco.
Of these 12 companies, only six are known to make or operate electric scooters - Bird, Lime, Spin, Uscooter, Skip and Razor.