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Lime, one of the largest electric scooter companies in the world, has pulled out of San Antonio and will lay off staff.

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Three companies were effectively awarded exclusive operating rights in San Antonio Thursday morning, capping more than a year of debate over regulatory uncertainty, pedestrian complaints and the city’s lacking infrastructure. 

Scooters parked on a sidewalk in San Antonio.
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City Council is poised to award three exclusive electric scooter contracts to Bird, Razor and Lime Thursday that will shed several companies currently operating on city streets and reduce the total number of scooters in San Antonio to 3,000. It will also lift the ban that has prevented scooters from operating between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. that has been in effect since February. 

Lyft officials announced plans to pull scooters from San Antonio and other major cities.

Officials with Lyft announced on Thursday it will remove its scooters from San Antonio later this month. It is also exiting Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.

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San Antonio City staff recommended three companies be given exclusive licenses to operate scooter rentals.  Lime, Razor Scooter and Lyft may be given the exclusive rights to operate in San Antonio if council approves the choices. 

"Negotiations are underway and staff will make a final recommendation at the B-Session," said a notice posted on the city's website referring to the Nov. 13 council hearing.

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Blue Duck Express, the only San Antonio-based electric scooter company is being sued in a federal court by a former vendor accusing it of fraud and breach of contract. Sweep, a California company that collects and charges e-scooters for multiple rentable e-scooter companies, wants more than $75,000 according to its Sept. 30 complaint.

Blue Duck headquarters in San Antonio.
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Blue Duck scooters announced Tuesday it raised $4.2 million in additional funding. The news comes after several critical months when the embattled company saw high-level departures, layoffs and the apparent removal of the company’s chief executive. 

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Eric Bell laughed and chatted with a group of tech workers on a sidewalk in downtown San Antonio. He was excited to tell them about his new company, Blue Duck Express.

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Approximately 75,000 people in San Antonio don't use a personal vehicle to get around town, and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable on city streets. What's being done to improve pedestrian and micromobility experiences?

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Nine companies applied for the three exclusive licenses to operate electric scooter fleets in San Antonio. Lyft, Bird, Lime, Ojo Electric, Razor, Spin, VeoRide, Frog Scooters and Wheels labs will be considered in coming months for the right to operate on San Antonio streets. The licenses allow companies to increase profits by reducing competition in a city that currently hosts six companies and thousands of e-scooters. 

Blue Duck scooters, the only local company, will not be among them.