Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

US ride-share firm Lyft launches rental e-scooter service in Denver

US ride-share firm Lyft launches rental e-scooter service in Denver

According to a city spokesperson, on Thursday city officials collected 19 more scooters from the company Bird, a West Coast-based startup company that brings the scooters to cities all over the country.

In the email, parking and transportation services says scooters should be parked near bike racks so they don't block access or get in the way of pedestrian traffic.

The company is also adding a feature in its app to let commuters know when they're near public transit stops.

The Christchurch City Council has moved closer to an electric scooter service being set up in the city on a trial basis.

Bird Ride Inc. has been accused of similar business practices in other cities such as San Diego, Boston, Nashville and Kansas City, according to the release.

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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.

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. Bird and Lime have raised money from investors at a faster pace than Uber and Lyft did.

While Uber is focusing on bigger things like flying cars and vertical-takeoff airports, it's nice to see Lyft targeting an area that's much more practical, effective, and for the lack of a better term, "down to earth". Lyft has notably been integrating public transportation information into its app, promoting shared rides and will now signal to users if a scooter is available near them, driving users to alternatives to driving for short trips. You can only use them during daylight, though, as the scooters will be disabled outside of the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 pm. And the company will rely upon full-time employees to charge and maintain its fleet rather than using contract employees. While electric scooters have without a doubt transformed the way we travel around cities, they aren't without controversy.

"We think it's important that as the bike and scooter industry grows that there are good job opportunities paralleling that", Samponaro said.

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