Summary of “The secret life of teen scooter outlaws”

The scooters began showing up in cities a year ago, growing exponentially thanks to millions of dollars that investors like Uber and Google have put into startups like Lime, Scoot, Jump, and Skip.
The scooters have become wildly popular among adult riders – Lime says it has racked up 6 million trips between June 2017 and July 2018.
Instead, she preferred to commute on a Bird scooter every day to work this summer, and when Bird turned off its service at night, she came home on a Lime scooter.
Some have even crashed, such as Max Wix, 15, who fell off a Skip scooter in DC while leaning back riding down a hill.
To ride, you first punch in a phone number and a payment method to each service’s app before finding a scooter from a map.
“By getting on the scooter, you’re acknowledging that you’re over 18.” Lime did promise to verify age by scanning the barcodes on riders’ driver’s licenses in its successful proposal to operate in Santa Monica, a key piece of the city’s administrative regulations for scooter operators.
In late August, when the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency awarded permits for scooter operation, Lime didn’t receive a permit.
The kids are still riding, including those like Angelica and Max Wix who experienced problems with the scooters.

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