Uber and Lyft scooters are coming soon to San Francisco streets

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However, only five of the applicants will be granted a permit by the city, with a decision expected by the end of the month.

Ofo, the company known for its yellow bicycles, debuted its proprietary e-scooter in a blog post late last week and is looking to make its entrance into the San Francisco market.

"San Francisco supports transportation innovation, but it can not come at the price of public safety", San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement in May. Companies already running schemes in San Francisco were ordered to remove their scooters from sidewalks by June 4.

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Other than motorized scooters, Uber has introduced electric-assist bikes to its app in cities including San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Washington through its acquisition of the bike-sharing company Jump. The permit process was instituted after thousands of electric scooters descended on San Francisco in April with little to no warning to city officials. If the companies don't follow that rule, they could forfeit their chance for a permit. The program will allocate 1,250 permits for the first six months of the 12-month pilot period. At least 10 companies applied for the permits, but only five permits will be granted, the city has said. According to Axios, Lime and Spin have said they will comply with the rules set down by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and Bird would work with the SFMTA to obtain a permit.

To get the permits, each company has to demonstrate that it will provide user education on safe sidewalk riding and parking, be insured and have a privacy policy to safeguard users' information. Startups such as Bird, Lime and Spin have begun scooter-sharing businesses around the Bay Area. The companies also need to share trip data with the city and offer a plan for low-income riders. The other companies are Scoot, Skip, Razor, Hopr, USSCooter and Ridecell.

Earlier this week, Uber launched its electric bike-sharing program in Berlin, Germany, in a move that shows the ride-sharing company isn't just about cars.

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