Powered Scooter Share Permit and Pilot Program
In April 2018, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a city law requiring that any company operating a shared, powered scooter service in San Francisco must have a permit from the SFMTA to park their scooters on sidewalks and other public spaces. In alignment with this law, which took effect on June 4, the SFMTA created its Powered Scooter Share Permit and Pilot Program with an application process for interested companies. As part of the pilot, up to five permits could have been issued with a cap of 2,500 scooters total.
The SFMTA’s application process invited proposals that prioritized the city’s concerns around safety, equity and accountability.
On August 30, 2018, the SFMTA announced that after a thorough review of 12 applications and more than 800 pages of proposals received, the agency will offer permits to Scoot and Skip. The SFMTA’s decision is based on the strength of the proposals submitted by the two companies, combined with their experience of owning, operating and maintaining a shared mobility service in the public right-of-way.
Scoot and Skip put forth the strongest proposals the SFMTA received. Taken as a whole, their applications demonstrated not only a commitment to meet the terms of the permit, but a high level of capability to operating a safe, equitable and accountable scooter share service. Both companies submitted strong proposals with detailed, unique and innovative approaches that demonstrated the highest level of commitment to solving known challenges and concerns, ranging from public safety and user education to equitable access and collaboration with the city and its diverse communities.
The SFMTA found that no other applications substantially exceeded the agency’s standards for operating a shared scooter pilot program in San Francisco to the extent that Scoot and Skip did.
To provide transparency and insight into the agency’s evaluation and decision-making process, the SFMTA has made public a variety of information and materials on this website. These include a detailed policy memo, evaluations for each separate application, a summary table showing ratings for all the applicants across key evaluation criteria, the original applications received and the decision letters sent to the applicants.
The SFMTA intends to issue the permits to Scoot and Skip on October 15, 2018, which will allow a maximum of 625 scooters for each company in the first six months. Scoot and Skip may have the potential to increase their number of scooters in months seven to 12 to a cap of 2,500, at the SFMTA’s sole discretion.