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San Francisco's Approved Electric Scooters: Your Guide to Riding Legally

In recent years, electric scooters have become increasingly popular as a convenient and eco-friendly way to navigate cities, and San Francisco is no exception. However, with new regulations and permits in place, it's essential for riders to be aware of which electric scooters are allowed in SF to ensure they're riding legally and responsibly.


To help avoid confusion, we've put together this guide on the permitted electric scooter companies operating within San Francisco.


Permitted Electric Scooter Companies


Currently, only four electric scooter companies are authorized to operate within the city. These companies are:



  1. Lime - As one of the more popular scooter options, Lime offers a service area throughout San Francisco, allowing riders to navigate the city with ease. Lime's scooters also come with an easy-to-use app for unlocking and locking the scooter during a ride.



  2. Spin - Spin, owned by Ford, is another authorized scooter provider in San Francisco. The company is focused on creating a safe and reliable transportation solution for urban areas, making them a popular choice in the city.



  3. Scoot - Owned by Bird, Scoot has a strong presence in San Francisco, offering a variety of electric scooters for residents and visitors to choose from.





  1. Jump - Owned by Uber, Jump has been granted a permit to operate in San Francisco. It provides a simple and convenient way for riders to rent electric scooters It provides a simple and convenient way for riders to rent electric scooters throughout the city.


Regulations and Safety


Whichever permitted scooter service Regulations and Safety Whichever permitted scooter service you choose, it's important to abide by the city's regulations surrounding electric scooters to ensure your safety and avoid any legal issues. Some of these regulations include:



  • Riders must be 18 years or older and hold a valid driver's license or learner's permit.

  • Helmets are required for riders under the age of 18.

  • Electric scooters can be ridden on streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or less.

  • Riding on sidewalks is prohibited.

  • Scooters must be parked in designated parking areas, avoiding blocking pedestrian pathways or doorways.


By adhering to these guidelines and patronizing only authorized scooter companies, you can enjoy a safe and legal electric scooter By adhering to these guidelines and patronizing only authorized scooter companies, you can enjoy a safe and legal electric scooter experience in the vibrant city of San Francisco.


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