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Electric scooters are more popular than station-based bikes in the U.S.

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Electric scooters have overtaken station-based bicycles as America's most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars, per AP.

Why it matters: Smartphones are powering a "micromobility revolution," where consumers tap shared scooters and bikes for short trips. Riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018, eclipsing the 36.5 million trips on shared, docked bicycles, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Go deeper: Why scooters have faced backlash

S.F. scooter pilot has some encouraging results

Scooter riders in San Francisco. Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Since allowing scooters back on its streets in October, San Francisco has found that while locks have greatly decreased complaints of sidewalk vehicle littering, the two companies with permits to operate have also signed up few customers to their low-income rider program.

The bottom line: San Francisco’s transportation agency said on Monday, ahead of a board of directors meeting scheduled for the next day, that it will let Skip and Scoot each add 175 scooters if each signs up 150 users for their low-income program. They’ll be able to double their current fleets (to 2,500 total) if they reach 500 signups.