THEY HAVE LANDED in San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis. They have squeezed into Charlotte, North Carolina, Miami, and Phoenix. As shared, electric scooters took off some local governments panicked. Others moralized. A few shrugged their shoulders and let the people ride. But almost all of them whipped out the calculators.
A shared scooter service doesn’t work if its users can’t park the vehicles on public sidewalks. And it turns out that sidewalks aren’t free.