Scooters are making nationwide headlines for the first time since the Razor craze of 2000. But this time the headlines are a case study of what happens when an active local government crashes into the arrogance of three disruptive technology companies.
Over the past few weeks, scooter startups Bird Rides, Spin and LimeBike – which have received combined funding of more than $250 million – have launched their services in large cities across the country. For the most part, their grand debuts have led to rapid adoption of the take-a-scooter, leave-a-scooter business model. The problem? These companies didn’t have approval or permits from local governments ahead of time or any infrastructure in place.
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