A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Scootershare Company

Updated: Jun 22

It’s more enticing than ever to start a scooter company. As a scooter operator, you give your community new, fun options to commute as well as the monetary incentive.

One of the toughest barriers is getting government permission. Cities saw the haphazard rollout of Bird and Lime and remember how Uber and Lyft resisted regulation. In response, cities are regulating scooters and allocating permits so that only a few companies can operate in each city. City regulations also vary, meaning there is no universal set of rules to abide by.

While scooter companies do require a permit to operate, there is an advantage to local companies. Cities want to work with companies that understand the social, political, and geographic landscape of their respective areas. It’s worth noting that the alternative to getting city permission would be launching on a private property such as hotels or other tourist attractions.

Obtaining a Government Permit

Bird and Lime may seem like big, scary, competent companies, but they're consistently losing permits to smaller, local companies. Due to the high publicity of scooters, many cities are beginni