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Founded Year

2017

Stage

Loan | Alive

Total Raised

$132.5M

Last Raised

$1.5M | 1 yr ago

About Skip Scooters

Skip is a dockless electric scooter rental startup. Find a Skip scooter on the corner, scan it with the app, flip up the kickstand and go. Ride the electric powered Skip scooter on city bike paths and roadways.

Skip Scooters Headquarter Location

501-535 Alabama Street

San Francisco, California, 94110,

United States

844-929-2687

Latest Skip Scooters News

Lobbyists push for Cuomo to sign e-scooter bill

Nov 26, 2019

• Skip Transport, out of San Francisco, spent $8,000 in September and October. • Spin, also from San Francisco and which is now owned by Ford Motor Co., spent $22,000. • Lyft and Uber, the ride-sharing giants, also reported some undisclosed amount of lobbying expenses to pitch the governor’s office and others to get the scooter bill signed. “We’re encouraged by conversations we’ve had with leaders throughout the state, including the second floor (at the Capitol where Cuomo works), and we’re hopeful this can get done by the end of the year. Cities across the state have shown a clear interest in adopting micromobility as a way to improve access to opportunity while reducing environmental impacts from personal car use," said Phil Jones, Lime’s senior director for government relations. The pitch The pending legislation in New York would permit e-scooter and e-bike sharing services statewide. The devices are activated via a mobile app and charge users on a per-minute basis. Advocates say they are a cheaper alternative to cars while also reducing carbon emissions, serve as a “last-mile” option for people to get to their destination from public transportation and are convenient for people living in urban neighborhoods. In parts of New York City, the electric bike issue has become a kind of human rights push; low-income food delivery people, for instance, have faced heavy fines for using e-bikes to make their trips. The pending bill would ban the devices in Manhattan, given its already congested streets and sidewalks. The bill features a key section that advocates are using to try to promote its approval with Cuomo: local say. It states that communities must “opt in” – through a vote by a local governing board – in order for the e-scooter or e-bike services to commence. No support, no e-scootering around a community. Moreover, localities can make stricter rules than called for in the state bill. For instance, lawmakers sided with e-scooter companies and left the bill silent on whether e-scooter users have to wear a helmet. A locality could require them, just as it could also limit precisely where and when the scooters and bikes could be used. A number of local government officials – in communities from Rochester to Yonkers to Long Island – have expressed an eagerness in having e-scooters and e-bikes as part of their transportation offerings for residents to be better able, for instance, to get from a bus or train stop to their homes or jobs in areas that now offer either no or spotty public transportation. The Buffalo city council in September passed a resolution asking city agencies to look into the feasibility of how e-scooter and e-bike programs might work. Sen. Tim Kennedy, a Buffalo Democrat and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, is urging Cuomo to sign the bill to “give New Yorkers all across the state an opportunity to participate in the new transportation alternative that other communities and states are taking advantage of." Bird said e-scooters “fit naturally into the governor’s (environmental) platform and help cities all over the Empire State reach their carbon-reduction goals. New Yorkers are ready for this new transportation option, and we are counting on Governor’s Cuomo’s leadership to make their hopes a reality.” The problems When all shared micromobility devices are counted, 84 million trips were taken on them in 2018 in more than 100 U.S. cities, up from just 35 million the previous year, reported the National Association of City Transportation Officials, a North American group. When just e-scooters are counted, 38.5 million trips were taken last year, up from just 321,000 eight years ago. The growth period has occurred over the past two or so years following the emergence of Bird, Lime and some other firms. In what is called the “dockless” sharing industry – where riding devices are not picked up at a designated, locked docking station – e-scooters surpassed dockless bikes in 2018, the group said. About 40% of e-scooter trips took place in three U.S. communities: Los Angeles, San Diego and Austin, Texas. That growth has presented problems. Chief among them is safety. Many riders don’t wear helmets and the devices can exceed 20 mph at top speed; a number of deaths have been reported. Communities have had problems with people getting drunk at bars or parties and then hopping onto a scooter. Some places, including Oregon, now require helmets for e-scooter users. In April, the Austin Public Health Department, with help from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released a study of e-scooter use over a three-month period. It looked at nearly 1 million rides during that period. It found 190 scooter-related injuries; of those, only one rider was wearing a helmet at the time of an accident. Some e-scooter users ride on sidewalks, presenting safety problems for pedestrians. Some scooter users don’t follow voluntary company requests that they return the devices to a bike rack area and instead just drop the scooters wherever they feel like it – like in the middle of a sidewalk or on somebody’s private property. Industry officials say it is in scooter company’s interests to ensure e-scooters are used safely. The industry now has to convince one person in New York: Cuomo. In January, Cuomo proposed his own e-scooter/e-bike plan. It was more restrictive than the industry wanted, requiring helmets by users and imposition of certain fines for misusing the devices. The Legislature came up with its own version and passed it in the waning hours of session. The last time he spoke just a bit extensively on the topic, Cuomo in June said he had “heard a number of concerns from safety advocates who don’t think you should allow scooters and e-bikes on sidewalks with pedestrians. They think people should have to wear a helmet,’’ he said. “When does a bike with an engine become a bike that should be registered as a motor vehicle, and licensed?" he asked. "Remember mopeds? At what point is it a motor vehicle?" There are no comments - be the first to comment Recommended for you Death Notices

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Expert Collections containing Skip Scooters

Expert Collections are analyst-curated lists that highlight the companies you need to know in the most important technology spaces.

Skip Scooters is included in 4 Expert Collections, including Bike and Scooter Tech.

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Bike and Scooter Tech

337 items

We define bike and scooter technology startups as companies working on shared vehicle networks, vehicle design, and charging infrastructure for bicycles, scooters, mopeds, and other compact vehicles for one to two passengers.

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Electric Vehicle Technology

716 items

Companies developing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) as well as companies working on improvements to battery design, building out charging infrastructure, and launching EV sharing services to help accelerate adoption.

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Mobility-as-a-Service

545 items

Companies developing solutions to streamline the way people move themselves. Includes companies providing on-demand access to passenger vehicles and micromobility solutions as well as companies integrating multiple modes of transport, including public transit, into one service.

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Smart Cities

1,343 items

Skip Scooters Patents

Skip Scooters has filed 4 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Vehicle technology
  • Automotive accessories
  • Global Positioning System
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