Still investors Casting millions into start-up scooter companies, Although sometimes in flat ratings. At the same time, little money is flowing in the other direction, where cities have realized the importance of prioritizing the needs of the local environment and its citizens, as well as their aspirations for a quick and profitable exit.
Emerging companies that have been hit by these structural scandals on the road are, surprisingly, less willing to shout about this kind of friction in monetary policy, cash flow and the flow of leadership that it generates.
In one recent incident in Spain, in the Catalan capital Barcelona, El Pais Reported that City Hall fined the start of the local scooter, called Reby, To contravene the rules of mobility in urban areas.
The startup process is so new that they do not even have scooters available for public rental yet. But some "test" rounds by the police have already been removed and fined for violating the scooter rules.
If hoping to copy and paste from Uber 1.0 playbook, things do not look good for Reby. (In fact, this guide is very useful in most places these days).
Spanish capital Madrid was also forced A temporary comment on a Scooter participation post Recently, as we mentioned last month, after changes to the mobility laws that tighten the screw on scooter sharing – which require startups to already manipulate how they operate their flights in order to comply.
While the Madrid authorities did not completely prohibit scooter participation, they imposed more restrictions on where and how they were used, resulting in new friction in the business model.
But compared to Barcelona which is actually a free trip. Things are not very imminent as they are completely parked off the scooter sharing in the last city, where the regulations adopted by the Barcelona municipality in 2017 prevent the scooter model on demand, at least with the preference of startups to operate it.
These rules require companies that wish to provide scooters for rental must provide a guide with the ride (one manual for every two persons maximum), plus a helmet. They also have to check that the person who rented the car has the ability to ride it correctly.
Horse riding trips may expand if you can throw cheap and easy scooters all over urban areas, but a (human) guide for every two rides certainly does not.
However, as we are Written byThere is no shortage Patinetes Electronics Weave around Barcelona's narrow streets and often crowded. Most of these are locally owned though. The City Hall seems to prefer it that way. After all, people who own high-tech scooters are not usually in a hurry to get rid of them in stupid places.
in a 2017 according to the law Organizing various personal mobility vehicles (PMVs) – including, but not limited to, two-wheeled electric scooters – the city council said it wanted to promote the safe and sustainable use of motorcycles and other versatile vehicles. "The growing presence of this new movement Which consumes more and more road space. "
"The city council of Barcelona is committed to the city's permanent mobility model, which gives priority to trips by foot, bike or public transport," he said, explaining what he called a "pilot regulation" banning the use of electronic scooter on sidewalks. Imposes various speed constraints; and gives priority to pedestrians at all times.
The scooters can only be parked in authorized parking spaces, with the following: "It is prohibited to connect them with trees, traffic lights, benches or other urban furniture when this affects their use or intended purpose; in front of loading or unloading areas or in places Reserved for other users, such as persons with special needs; in areas of service or places where parking is prohibited, such as emergency exits, hospitals, clinics or health centers, Bicing [the local city bike hire scheme] And the areas on the sidewalks where this may prevent pedestrians. "
There is more: however, the organization also targets emerging companies involved in scooters seeking to exploit PMVs as a business opportunity – with "special conditions for economic activities".
These guidelines include the above-mentioned helmet and a minimum level of skills. There is also a registration system for PMVs used for economic activity that allows city police to clear the QR code that must be displayed on the flight to verify that it meets the technical requirements of the organization. How is Smart Technology used?
"There may be specific limitations in specific areas and areas where there is a lot of pressure from these types of vehicles or they pose a specific problem," the board warns, giving itself more room to monitor PMVs and ensure they do not become a concentrated annoyance.
Despite the clear and luxurious controls imposed on scooter sharing, this has not stopped a couple of small European start-ups from experiencing their luck in getting the rubber leased on the Catalan carrers In any case – It may be encouraged by an apparent local appetite to silence (that and the absence of any large birds).
The opportunity may seem puzzling. A dense urban environment is also a tourist attraction with bad weather, many locals love the wheels and a small but vibrant art scene.
In the case of Ribbie, the very early start of the Catalonian phase, in which the Founding Foundations of Founding Foundations founded the company in July, has a website and nothing more at this stage, as well as its ambitions to follow the shells of birds and lemons And others.
However, fines of € 5,300 (slightly over $ 6,000) have been imposed, according to the sources of the city hall, after being considered to have violated the PMV rules of the city.
Réby had put 100 motorcycles in Barcelona for ten days, according to El Pais, and put them on the bicycle bunkers (with a digital password to disengage through the application) – hoping to find a gray area in the organization and open The "rent model" is cheap, a "lease", a cheap rail model on demand that disrupts cities elsewhere.
But the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona He was not optimistic. It's new Brought under the law in the penal system with fines up to 100 euros for minor infringements, up to 200 euros for serious violations and up to 500 euros for very serious violations. (We understand that RBI has 53 penalties for minor offenses – 100 euros each.
Fines are imposed on each offense, so basically every scooter is spread out on the street. Although a few thousand euros may not seem like a big deal, more scooters that scatter them were the highest standards. And of course this is not some sort of expansion in these emerging companies that are working on scrolling.
We asked Reby to issue the events, but she did not want to talk about them. "We are a very small team and we have not yet officially launched, we are doing some tests in Barcelona," a company spokesman told us.
A more European startup company Wind-based Berlin, Also clashed with the city hall. Police seized about 100 motorcycles in August after a failed attempt to put them on the streets for rent, El Pais reported.
City council sources told us that in the case of Wind, the company's games were immediately removed by the police, not even for one day, so there was no chance of getting a fine. (We called Reind to comment on the incident but did not respond.)
The bottom line is legislative obstacles will not simply disappear because emerging companies like it.
When it comes to steam boats, city authorities are not stupid and can also move at amazing speed. The causes of dumping in some urban areas after being flooded with unwanted boat trips by over-funded start-up companies chasing them through the maximum disruption (and minimum environmental sensitivity) certainly did not go unnoticed.
At the same time, the maintenance of the flowing, orderly and safe streets is the trade of bread and butter in city councils – naturally pushing the regulatory agenda up.
Not only do you have to look away from the tragic stories in exchange for scooters. last summer The 90-year-old pedestrian was killed In a suburb of Barcelona after being hit by two men riding an electric bicycle. In another incident in a nearby town, a 40-year-old motorcyclist also died after falling off a plane and colliding with a truck.
The risk of mixing PMVs with pedestrians and more powerful road vehicles is also unclear. This is not without drastic measures to drive most PMV vehicles out of city centers to expand safe areas (where they can work), where PMVs can be operated with lighter weight and lighter weight. (And there are no major cities proposing anything like this yet).
In addition, in European cities such as Barcelona, where there has already been considerable investment in public transport infrastructure, there is a clear incentive to move populations along existing routes, including through strict control of new and complementary forms of micro mobility.
If the Barcelona City Council has a blind spot potential where urban mobility is concerned about air pollution. Like most urban centers, the city often suffers from this. It is better for smart scooter companies to put pressure on this policy front.
There is little doubt, however, that the work of tenants of high speed scooter drivers has stopped working at all, let alone cut the distance and grow up enough to attract exceptional attention from the class that boosted the previous engine.
Even then, for birds and horses in the world of scooters, millions of runway financing and a chance to drop global growth may be bought, but political roadblocks are not what money alone can change.
Scooter startups need to sell cities the potential civil benefits of their technologies by showing how PMV products can replace the most damaging alternatives that effectively prevent roads and have a detrimental effect on urban air quality as part of a modern and affordable navigation mix.
But this kind of pressure, while undoubtedly benefiting from local links, takes money and time. So there is no shortage of challenge and complexity in the way of startups in scooter, even as we wrote Last month – The investment opportunity is shrinking, with investors now putting their big bets.
In some cities, scooter Property It also seems to grow in popularity and that will also eat in any participating opportunities.
One of the regional investors from an early stage in the Madrid Fund that we talked to about motorcycles had no concerns about crossing the space. "We have looked at many companies in space and in Spain, but we have not been successful in attracting the market because of the size of our trading funds, our competitions and our regulatory signals." KFundJimmy Novoa told us.
So entrepreneurs who dream of speed after the likes of Bird, Lime and Spin still find that the race they were hoping to join has already ended and the gates of the park are closed.