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Lyft schools commuters with Scootiquette

A close-up of the top of a Lyft electric scooter.
Photo: Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Lyft gave clinics in "Scootiquette" — scooter etiquette — at the South by Southwest festival in Austin this week.

Details: "You're not really an asshole," the booklet says. "The madness of scootopia? It's not your fault."

Small cities, big companies

Illustration of a businessman offering a small town hall on a platter
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

When you are a second-tier city, courting a Big Tech company can backfire.

  • As we've reported, cities have struck big-ticket deals with tech companies, but typically surrender tax and other subsidies, only to have the incoming firms frequently fail to deliver.
  • And second-tier cities across the country have made themselves labs for the nascent driverless car industry. Those experiences have sometimes led to tragic outcomes, including a June 2018 fatal accident in Tempe, Arizona, where a woman was hit by an Uber driverless car.