The Scooter Keepers

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When the eScooter tsunami crashed on the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice last year it seemed like "The Scooter Keepers" were mostly freelancers, people who surfed the bike trail between Santa Monica and Venice collecting scooters for vendors like Lime, Bird, and Spin, and recharging them for $5 a scooter. Today, in addition to those early scooter labels, millennial transportation darlings Uber and Lyft have also joined the game. While the early players still use freelancers, Uber & Lyft run full-time operations with employees driving vans around to collect scooters in need of charging or other service.