Skip Transport Inc., one particular of the very first electric powered scooter providers to operate in San Francisco, has submitted for Chapter 7 individual bankruptcy, according to the San Francisco Organization Times

The corporation was initially started as Waybots Inc. just before launching as Skip in 2018 with seed funding. In August 2018, Skip was 1 of only two scooter providers (the other was Scoot) allotted one particular-year permits to work in San Francisco. But by the close of 2019, the firm’s scooters have been no longer permitted to function in the town, which might have something to do with several incidents of their scooters bursting into flames.

In December 2020, Skip introduced they experienced been acquired by competitor Helbiz, a New York-based mostly startup that operates e-bikes, e-scooters and mopeds. Most just lately, Skip’s scooters ended up accessible in Extensive Seaside, Portland and Washington, D.C. It is unclear how the bankruptcy filing will affect scooter availability, but at time of publication, Skip scooters are not available wherever in the Bay Place, according to a research on the application. 

The pandemic triggered a extraordinary fall in ridership for e-scooter businesses throughout the board, but to the stop of final calendar year, it had rebounded to in just 20% of the preceding year’s degrees, in accordance to the 2020 North American Bikeshare and Scootershare Association (NABSA) Condition of the Field Report. Presently, four businesses keep permits to run in San Francisco: Lime, Scoot, Spin and Bounce (a previous Uber subsidiary that has considering that been folded into Lime). 

When Skip has submitted for bankruptcy, other e-scooter businesses still operating in San Francisco are chugging along.

“Whilst COVID-19 was undoubtedly a challenge for Lime at its height, we have observed demand from customers return effectively over and above expectations, foremost to our first comprehensive-quarter of profitability in 2020,” said a Lime consultant in a statement to SFGATE. “Towns and riders immediately embraced shared electrical bikes and scooters due to the fact they offer open-air, socially-distanced and sustainable travel alternatives. We’ve ongoing to expand in 2021 and are fired up about the long run of micromobility as town officers progressively identify its value as a way to aid residents link to community transit and as a most well-liked different to automobiles.” 

SFGATE also reached out to Skip for comment but has not heard back again at time of publication.