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A new scooter skips into town

Friday, June 28, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Adding to the thousands of scooters gathered mostly on downtown sidewalks, the San Francisco-based e-scooter company Skip is bringing 500 new dockless units to town this week. For those wishing to differentiate Skip from the numerous other scooter operators, the company says it aims to collaborate with local transit authorities and city officials to make operations safe and sustainable. Skip cites its work with the Washington, D.C., Department of Transportation to create the nation’s first permit for shared electric scooters. Not noted is that D.C. recently suspended the company’s operating permit after a scooter caught fire in the city on May 30. The company claims the event was specific to scooters that had their batteries removed and is not an issue for units deployed on city streets or being charged. For its part, the city of Austin has responded to safety concerns on Twitter saying it does not believe the fire represents a flaw in the scooters themselves and that it plans to closely monitor the new scooters as they are deployed. The company is hosting a free group “flash ride” today from 6-8 p.m. starting from the company’s repair shop at 410 Baylor St.

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