Mayor Breed signals support for SFMTA scooter policy

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez :sfexaminer – excerpt

After transit officials announced this week that nearly 10,000 e-scooters may soon roll into San Francisco, the reaction from one elected official, in particular, was swift and damning.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin suggested the decision to allow so many electric-scooters into The City showed the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency needs reform to become “accountable” to San Franciscans. Previously San Francisco only permitted about 2,000 e-scooters for rent.

Now, in the face of that backlash, Mayor London Breed has signaled support for SFMTA’s recent decision…

Though she stated support for “more” e-scooters broadly, Breed stopped short of saying she supported 10,000 e-scooters specifically…

Additionally, there needs to be a “broader conversation” about a need to SFMTA’s governance in The City’s charter, Peskin said, that the e-scooter rollout symbolizes.

SFMTA needs to be more accountable to the electorate, Peskin said.…(more)

Citizens might want to weigh on on this issue. Everyone is talking for us. Let’s get our voices out there. Will this be the straw that breaks what remains of respect for the SFMTA in the public’s mind? Could this be the reason to vote no on the next tax or Muni bond? Dont’ be shy. Get your comments in to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor.

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