San Francisco has hit the mid-point for its one-year electrical scooter pilot program. In a slide deck to be offered on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Company’s board of administrators assembly tomorrow, the SFMTA reviews that there have been 242,398 electrical scooter journeys between October 2018 and February 2019.
What particularly jumps out is the truth that Skip accounted for 90 p.c of all rides, Evidently’s a results of constantly having extra scooter availability than its rival Scoot.
On the flip aspect, Skip’s excessive variety of gadgets and 218,000 journeys made resulted in 34 collisions — 18 of which brought on accidents. Scoot riders skilled zero reported collisions.
A few of the guarantees associated to electrical scooter utilization have touched on fewer automobile journeys and higher entry to transportation for folks in low-income areas. The SFMTA says 42 p.c of scooter journeys changed automobile journeys whereas simply 0.5 p.c of Scoot journeys and 0.three p.c of Skip journeys have been a part of the low-income program.
Oh, and right here’s the actual shocker (sarcasm): 63 p.c of riders are white and 82 p.c are dudes. In the meantime, 68 p.c of the riders have family incomes of greater than $100,000, in response to rider surveys.
In conclusion, the SFMTA says lock-to mechanisms have improved parking compliance, however that extra scooters are wanted to extra totally consider this system. Moreover, scooter firms have to do extra outreach in underrepresented communities.
Shifting ahead, the SFMTA will resolve this week whether or not to permit Skip and Scoot to extend their respective fleet sizes, in addition to take into account permitting operators like JUMP, Spin, Lime and Chook to deploy their very own fleets.