Will scooters survive the COVID-19 crisis?

As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps the globe, micromobility companies face tough choices to balance operational targets with the threats of a growing health crisis, and cities weigh whether the transportation options could pose as a source for the spread of disease.

Lime announced Tuesday it will suspend its bike and scooter service in San Francisco, Washington state and some European markets, then doubled down on the suspensions by extending them to all North American markets and 22 countries on Thursday…

Some cities have even stepped up to remove micromobility vehicles from their streets. In an emergency order issued Wednesday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez barred citizens from operating any common-use micromobility vehicle, noting that such shared fleets “are not routinely cleaned between users and may before vectors for the spread of the COVID-19/novel Coronavirus.”