S.F. announces scooter rules, will issue permits by end of June

A user rides a Bird scooter on April 17, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

San Francisco is no longer the Wild West of electric scooters—on Thursday, the city's transportation agency announced its new regulations, which require that startups remove their scooters from the streets by June 4 and apply for permits by June 7.

Why it matters: In a process resembling ride-hailing's early days, the sudden boom in dockless electric scooters has forced cities to quickly come up with rules — both to keep a transportation option some residents enjoy and to keep streets and sidewalks safe.