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UPDATED: July 19, 2019

Mapping the impact of dockless vehicles

Feel like you're caught in a frenzy of dockless bike and scooter-share news? Us too. In this weekly round-up post, Smart Cities Dive will update our interactive map to reflect the cities that are welcoming (or opposing) the growing shared mobility phenomenon, and will highlight the top dockless headlines from across the country.

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This week's map updates

Lime rolls into Bothell, WA Bolt launches scooters in DC Jump lands scooters Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA Tallahassee, FL launches scooter pilot with Bird, Gotcha, Lime, Spin and VeoRide Claremont, CA extends e-scooter ban

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Off the Map

Scooter companies permitted to leave their hearts in San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted Tuesday to keep e-scooters in the city as permanent fixtures, according to Curbed. Once the city's pilot program expires on Oct. 15, a for-keeps program will be put in its place. Residents can expect to see many new vehicles and scooter companies on sidewalks in the near future. 

Reduce, reuse, rescoot? A scooter's lifespan is far from sustainable 

How long do scooters actually last on rough-and-tumble city streets? Not long. The average e-scooter has a lifespan of just three months, according to a Boston Consulting Group report. E-scooters have long been marketed as a sustainable mobility solution, but their end-of life management and​ recyclability indicate otherwise. 

One in four scooters are vandalized in Richmond, VA

Bolt Mobility, brought to Richmond, VA over the past month, said that one in four of their scooters have been vandalized. Individuals are snapping the vehicles in half, throwing them into the James River or lighting the scooters on fire, the company told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Chicago scooter companies fined for not playing by the rules

Chicago dished out 14 citations to seven scooter companies for failing to meet the city's operational, safety and equity rules for the pilot program. Three of the seven violators include Bird, Wheels, and Bolt. The citations include a maximum fine of $1,000. 

Park responsibly: Spokane, WA adds parking zones for Lime scooters 

Cities like Spokane, WA are beginning to crack down on scooters parked poorly. The city has plans to implement five new parking zones to keep Lime scooters out of the middle of sidewalks, keeping pedestrians and individuals with disabilities out of harms way. 

Kristin Musulin, Chris Teale, Cailin Crowe and Sean Gibbons contributed to this article.