Even with the total number of scooters adding up to 10,500 per company, creators of the new rule hope to curb the dramatic growth of the companies, which have been accused of dumping the scooters into neighborhoods starting a year ago without proper management and planning.
Landsman says there's consensus on council that safety is the number one issue when it comes to scooter operations.
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. They will however run you the same amount as its competitors, costing about $1 to unlock and 15 cents for each minute of use.
Lyft on Thursday launched a scooter-sharing service in Denver, Colorado, that it hopes will complement its existing ridesharing business, help reduce traffic and supplement public transit.
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Lyft's approach differs from that of Bird and Lime, which launched in Denver and many other cities earlier this year without municipal approval. But other people have complained that riders don't follow the laws of the road and endanger pedestrians by riding on sidewalks and leaving the scooters wherever they feel like it - blocking parking spots, bike racks and wheelchair access. 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 top out around 15MPH and are intended for short travel only - the batteries have a range of about 15 miles per charge.
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In the future, operators will be required to use technology that can tell if a device is parked upright.
The new regulations require companies to equip the scooters with a minimum 48-point font warning against riding on sidewalks.