San Francisco tries to tame the wild electric scooter

Apr 30, 2018

In late March, little electric scooters started popping up all over San Francisco. So far the scooter companies have been operating without any kind of permit, but that could change soon.

The electric scooter rentals set off a frenzy of controversy between those who want to ride them — and those who want to throw them into the Bay.

So far, the scooter companies have all been operating without any kind of permits, but that could change soon: On Tuesday the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency is voting on a plan to rein in the scooter companies.

Crosscurrents host Hana Baba sat down with transportation reporter Eli Wirtschafter to talk about what’s next in the saga of the scooters.

"There's been a backlash against the scooters from angry San Francisco residents. They've had their wires cut, they've been stuffed in the branches of trees, and thrown into the Bay."