Lyft seems to be eyeing a move into the electric scooter craze the company is considering applying for a permit to run a service in San Francisco, it’s in the early stages of working on prototypes. Some companies like Bird, Lime and Spin already have scooters on the city’s streets, but an established brand like Lyft making inroads could change the market drastically, opening the gateway for more big names.
The pay-per-use scooters aren’t yet regulated in the city, which has caused some grumbling among residents over the last few months. Unlike with most bike-sharing systems, you don’t need to deposit scooters in a dock; you can leave them anywhere, leading to careless riders dumping them on sidewalks and causing obstructions. Many riders are also zooming around without helmets, and some are using the scooters on sidewalks too.
Lyft might not be the only major ridesharing company with skin in the game, though. Uber-owned bikesharing service Jump is considering a push into scooters as well.