Scooter riders in SF could receive parking boost

Scooter use in San Francisco has apparently become popular enough to consider boosting special off-street parking.


As San Francisco contends with a growing population and congested roadways, scooter users are seemingly on the rise. That demand has been tapped into and encouraged by Scoot, an electric scooter rental company.

Last year, Scoot worked out an agreement with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to make it easier for people to park scooters in on-street spots. Now, the rules for off-street parking may change as well.

Board of Supervisors President London Breed has introduced legislation that would create off-street “zero emission” scooter parking regulations in San Francisco’s planning code for places like residential garages. The change would benefit Scoot as well as scooter owners.

“Ultimately, the legislation is aimed at helping everyone who travels in San Francisco by encouraging cleaner, less space-intensive travel, which reduces both pollution and congestion,” Breed’s legislative aide Conor Johnston told the San Francisco Examiner on Wednesday. “Specifically, President Breed’s legislation will help people convert excess parking spaces or even unused parts of large garages to spots for scooters.”

Under the proposal, owners of off-street parking can lease parking spaces for scooters “without changing the nature of the permitted parking use, and without requiring any additional permit or approvals from The City” in four different cases.

A building owner, for example, may…

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