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Scooters Disappear From San Francisco Streets, for Now

  • A permitting process required vehicles to be removed
  • 1,250 scooters may be allowed in the city later this year
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San Francisco's Scooter Ban Is in Effect

San Francisco’s scooter revolution is officially on hiatus.

Lime, Bird, and Spin, startups that have delighted and infuriated San Franciscans with their scooter-sharing services, have pulled their vehicles from the streets while they apply for permits to operate. The process for allowing scooters was established soon after the companies began operating without explicit permission from city officials this spring. Lime told its users it hoped to be back on the streets within weeks.