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Santa Monica woman sues city and Lyft for tripping over scooter
An 87-year-old Santa Monica, CA woman injured her hip and elbow after tripping over a Lyft scooter, and is now suing Lyft and the city. The incident happened just about a week after Santa Monica welcomed Bird, Lyft, Lime and Jump scooters and bikes to its streets, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.
Lime rolls out new Group Ride feature, more sustainable scooter model
It was a big week for Lime, which rolled out a new scooter model and Group Ride feature. The “Gen 3” model is touted as more safe, sustainable and durable, according to the company. New features include bigger wheels; three forms of braking; extended battery capacity; waterproof parts; and a "longer life cycle than previous models."
The Group Ride feature will allow users to unlock more than one scooter from their account, making it easier to ride with friends and ostensibly discourage two people from sharing one scooter.
Uber-owned Jump to fight LADOT’s e-scooter and bike suspension
Jump filed a hearing request this week to determine if the company will have to take its vehicles out of the city. The filing follows LADOT's suspension of Jump scooters and bikes after Uber refused to be in compliance with the agency's data-sharing requirements.
Lyft returns to San Francisco after battery fires
Lyft's e-bikes are rolling back into San Francisco after putting out a fire — literally. The company is returning five months following a "handful" of the vehicles experiencing battery fires. Lyft has since found a new battery supplier, according to the company.
Kristin Musulin, Chris Teale, Cailin Crowe, Sean Gibbons and Kira Barrett contributed to this tracker.