Only Spin E-Scooters Remain in San Francisco During COVID-19
There are a lot fewer e-scooters on San Francisco’s streets since the COVID-19 Stay at Home began on March 17, 2020. As of today, three e-scooter operators—Lime, Scoot, and Jump—have suspended operations indefinitely. Only Ford-owned Spin will continue offering e-scooters to residents.
Interestingly, the City of San Francisco deemed all micro-mobility services as “essential” and allowed companies to continue operating throughout the “shelter in place” mandate. Unlike other public transport options, e-scooters appear to offer residents a convenient way to get around while maintaining social distance.
Spokespeople for Spin said they believe their e-scooters provide Bay Area residents with a socially responsible transportation service during this challenging time. Spin also pledged to frequently clean every e-scooter to ensure the safety of its customers.
In recent interviews, Spin execs said they already gave their workers five extra sick days for the year. If Spin is eventually forced to shut down its operations, then it will pay all employees for at least one month.
Although Uber-owned Jump will not offer e-scooters during the lockdown, it will provide a limited fleet of e-bikes in select areas. According to company leaders, you can now find about 250 rentable bikes in the city’s eastern district.
For the most up-to-date information on the Bay Area’s current COVID-19 policies, be sure to visit this website. You could find out more about San Francisco’s e-scooter program on this official webpage.