E-scooter company, Shared, leaving Portland
The fat-tired e-scooters from Shared are being pulled from the streets of Portland.
The Tacoma, Washington company hit Portland with grand designs for a worker-friendly practices and swappable batteries that meant the scooters didn't have to lose street time for charging.
Shared had 200 80-lb, sit-down scooters for rent in the city. It only operated in Portland.
In 2019 The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced as many as 15,000 e-scooters could eventually come to city streets. The second official pilot expires on April 26, 2020.
Portland now has 2,665 scooters licensed with the Transportation Bureau. Bolt scooters quit Portland late in 2019.
Braydon Butungbacal, Shared's CEO, emailed the bureau last week to say:
"I wanted to reach out today and thank you for the opportunity for Shared to operate in Portland until now. Unfortunately, we'll be closing up our Portland operations at this point due to extreme difficulty in further fundraising to support the venture to continue to grow it."
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.