An electric scooter belonging to the Bird company is waiting for a rider on a street of downtown Washington, DC on June 21, 2018. (AFP/Eric Bardat)
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WASHINGTON: How fast is the electric scooter-sharingcraze growing?Most systems charge $1 to unlock the scooter and 15 cents per minute, so a 10-minute trip would cost $2.50 .Dastoor offered no specific figures but said riders get inexpensive transportation for short-term trips and companies are able to recoup the costs of the scooter quickly.Just this year, dockless scooter programs have been launched in a dozen US cities and college campuses. On Friday, California-based Limebike was set to launch scooters in Paris as part of a global expansion plan. According to the research firm Lagniappe Labs, Bird Scooter is aiming for a $2 billion valuation in its latest funding round and Lime was seeking a $1 billion worth.Car-sharing giants Uber and Lyft are reportedly interested in scooters as well.
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