As part of Santa Monica’s e-scooter pilot program, Uber has recently launched its fleet of e-scooters, which look exactly like their bike program. Jump, the Uber owned Shared Bike and Scooter Company, has a fleet of 500 e-bikes and 250 e-scooters available for rent through the Uber app. The pricing for Jump’s scooters is comparable to that of Bird and Lime at $1 to unlock the device and 15 cents per minute to ride. Eventually, Lime scooters will also be rentable through the Uber App although this may take some time before that deal finalizes. In wake of recent laws passed in Los Angeles to regulate e-scooters, it seems the next move for Jump will be to initiate operations in Los Angeles neighborhoods as soon as possible.
Since the beginning of the shared scooter apps, they have been the subject of many controversies, not limited to some debates about public safety. With the addition of separated bike lines, hopefully more riders will use the street instead of sidewalks. Additionally, regular enforcement of the rules of the road will likely curb illegal scooter behavior. As riders and drivers, we all need to do our part to keep the streets and sidewalks of Los Angeles as accident free as possible.