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Bird and Lime Scooters

From San Francisco to Santa Monica, Austin to Washington, D.C., scooters are all over American cities these days. Here's the lowdown on dockless rentals, laws, and the companies trying to get in on the micromobility movement, especially Bird and Lime, Uber and Lyft.

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CDC report: Nearly half of e-scooter riders in safety study had serious injuries

Large percentage of incidents were "potentially preventable," says national agency

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D.C. permits almost 5K shared electric scooters and electric bikes on city streets

The city has issued permits for an additional 735 dockless vehicles to be deployed in the District

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NYC draws closer to legalizing e-scooters, e-bikes thanks to state bill

The bill would allow municipalities—including New York City—to move forward in legalizing the electric rides

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Building a better e-scooter company

Austin-based Argodesign proposes a new model that puts safety and community first

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Scooter rider killed by driver in Hollywood

Police have arrested the driver on suspicion of murder.

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Micromobility in the Boston area: A guide

Electric bikes, electric scooters, and bike-shares abound now in the Boston region. Here’s a running breakdown of what’s available and where.

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Uber’s electric Jump scooters come to D.C.

The scooters are free to unlock and cost $0.15 a minute to ride

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E-bikes in the Boston region get a jolt with Lime decision

The California operator is turning its entire fleet over to electric battery-powered bikes. Will others follow?

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Hoboken will launch an e-scooter pilot as momentum stalls in NYC

Hoboken is the first city in the tri-state area to authorize e-scooter usage

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Brookline test one small step for e-scooters, one giant potential leap for the Boston area

Operators Lime and Bird are rolling out a pilot program for the vehicles, which are technically illegal under state law. If it goes well, e-scooters could pop up region-wide.

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UT reins in scooter speeds with geofencing

Dockless vehicles limited to different speeds depending on areas of campus

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Here’s how to report scooters that block LA sidewalks

Companies will have two hours to pick them up.

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Here’s how many scooters (and e-bikes) were actually at SXSW

Dockless mobility got a huge boost during the event, with significant increases in rides, app downloads, and distance covered—as well as, of course, discussion about all of it

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Santa Monica scooter rider killed in hit-and-run

It’s one of the first fatal electric scooter crashes in Southern California.

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Are scooters the big winners at this year’s SXSW?

Downloads for Lime, Bird, and other dockless-device apps get festival spike, according to early report

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Washington State could set scooter-share guidelines

A bill in the State Legislature would lay out a general framework, but leave cities free to make their own rules

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Will electric bikes catch on in LA?

Two e-bike brands—Wheels and Jump—are now competing with scooters.

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Jump expands Seattle bike-share service area to city limits, changes price structure

After months of permit process, a second bike-share outfit is rolling out.

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LA councilmember wants to ban scooters from his entire district—including Dodger Stadium

Also Highland Park, Koreatown, and Echo Park.

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How scooters, dockless bikes can help with transportation equity in NYC

Many New Yorkers live in transit deserts—and scooter companies think they can help

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SXSW scooter ban: Dockless vehicles won’t be allowed on select Downtown streets

City will forbid use of dockless vehicles on Sixth, Red RIver, and Rainey streets; violators could be charged and fined

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UT impounds hundreds of scooters

School enforces new dockless-vehicle rules as semester kicks into gear

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Austin electric-scooter fatality sheds light on injury reporting

Exchange student on Lime scooter hit by car in fatal crash

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D.C. bill would ensure legal protections for electric scooter and electric bike riders

It would allow such riders to seek monetary recovery for more crashes than they can now

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Scooter rules get more strict on UT campus

Penalties for parking dockless vehicles outside of designated areas include fines, impoundment

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City suspends scooter licensing in SXSW run-up

With more than 17,000 dockless vehicles on the streets, is Austin oversaturated?

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Jump expands Seattle bike-share service area

After months of permit process, a second bike-share outfit is rolling out.

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D.C. is about to see a lot more electric bikes and scooters this year

City officials have green-lighted eight companies to offer shared dockless vehicles

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Austin scooters and bikes in 2018

The year brought joy and terror to Austin streets in the form of roaming electric vehicles

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Open thread: If bike shares or electric scooters came to the Hamptons, would you use them?

The weirdest places we found scooters in 2018

Scooters were everywhere in 2018. Here’s proof.

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Six things D.C. says it’s learned about scooters and dockless bikes since they arrived

Overall ridership increased significantly, but the growth was uneven across the city

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CDC’s first scooter safety study will take place in Austin

National public health center will focus on incidents and injuries in the city during fall 2018

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New Lyft app will give directions to scooters, public transit across LA

Lyft isn’t just for cars anymore—users will be able to view nearby transit routes with real-time arrival information.

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Lyft scooters land on Austin streets

Like Uber before it, the ride-hailing company joins the fray in adding the zippy electric vehicles to its app

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Lime to remove scooters from downtown Austin streets

City issues order to pull 1,000 electric scooters after violation of agreement

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D.C. receives twice as many applicants for scooter and dockless bike permits for 2019

Twelve companies submitted 16 applications, as compared with six current dockless operators

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“It is time to update our laws”: City Council introduces bill to legalize e-bikes, e-scooters

The package of bills would help bring electric scooters and bikes to NYC streets

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Electric scooters, bikes to hit the trail next month

City experiments with pilot program to determine compatibility with walkers, runners, bicyclists, children, and pets