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Santa Monica lets Bird and Lime into e-scooter pilot program

Rider on a Bird scooter in Los Angeles. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Santa Monica has selected Uber-owned Jump, Lyft, Lime and Bird to get permits for its upcoming e-scooter pilot program, with Jump and Lyft also allowed to deploy electric bikes.

The bottom line: Santa Monica's planning department staff previously recommended that only Uber and Lyft receive permits to deploy scooters, but the final choice was made by the department director — possibly influenced by intense lobbying from Lime and Bird, the latter of which is a homegrown company that was originally passed over because of past brash behavior.

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