San Francisco finds controlled scooter pilot a success

San Francisco officials, who rejected electric scooters after an unruly, unlicensed rollout a year ago, are now cottoning to the two-wheel devices under a yearlong trial that limits their numbers. Midway through that trial, the city is poised to consider next week whether to double the number of street-rented scooters it allows.

The free-for-all when three companies suddenly unleashed the rental devices last spring led to thousands of residents hopping aboard, and also triggered thousands of complaints. Scooter riders zoomed down sidewalks and bike lanes and weaved in and out of crowds. Abandoned devices sprawled across rights of way or were tossed into trash cans and in front of Google buses. The city temporarily banned scooters while it considered what to do.