Scooter companies have quickly changed the nature of L.A.’s street scene.

In less than half a year, the micro-mobility movement has taken over the sidewalks, with scooters and ebikes dotting nearly every corner of downtown, Koreatown, Mid-City Venice and other neighborhoods.

The companies are working to offer a solution to the city’s public transportation woes. And they’ve raised a lot of money toward the cause.

Between the seven companies now approved to operate in Los Angeles, several billion dollars have been raised to deploy more than 34,500 micro-mobility vehicles, according to city documents. Five more companies are awaiting permits from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, which would add another 2,670 scooters to L.A.’s streets, pending approval.

As the scooter companies compete for ridership, the business model is being tested. Investors are betting that rising demand for micro-mobility will cover the cost of maintaining damaged scooters and replacing those that get stolen or thrown away.

It’s now up to the market to decide which company will ride off victorious.

Competitors range from startups with $2 billion valuations, like Bird Rides Inc., to ride-sharing firms such as Uber Technologies Inc. that decided to get in on the scooter action. Traditional scooter-maker Razor is also vying for a slice of the market.

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COMPANY: Uber Technologies Inc. (Jump)

HEADQUARTERS: San Francisco

FOUNDED: 2009

NO. OF VEHICLES: 3,000 in L.A.,

250 in Santa Monica

REVENUE: $3.05 billion as of first quarter 2019

STATUS: Car-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. made waves as an early entrant in the ride-sharing market with cars. Uber jumped on the scooter bandwagon by acquiring bike-sharing company Jump in April 2018 for an estimated $139 million. Uber also offers escooters that are made by Chinese company Xiaomi Corp. and were first deployed in Santa Monica in October.

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COMPANY: Neutron Holdings Inc. (Lime)

HEADQUARTERS: San Mateo

FOUNDED: 2017

NO. OF VEHICLES: 5,500 in L.A.,

750 in Santa Monica

FUNDING TO DATE: $777 million

REVENUE: NA

STATUS: Neutron Holdings Inc., doing business as Lime, touched down in L.A. at roughly the same time as competitor Bird. Lime now operates a fleet of bright green-and-white escooters in L.A. and secured a permit to drop more scooters in Santa Monica in August 2018. The company is run by Chief Executive Brad Bao and backed by Venice-based Fifth Wall Ventures. Lime has raised roughly $777 million since its 2017 launch.

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COMPANY: Razor USA

HEADQUARTERS: Cerritos

FOUNDED: 2000

NO. OF VEHICLES: 3,000 in L.A. (planned),

150 in Long Beach

FUNDING TO DATE: NA

REVENUE: NA

STATUS: Razor’s Long Beach-area scooters are the start of the 18-year-old company’s bid to become synonymous with both the folding analog scooter and its new electric counterpart. Razor is working toward deploying scooters in L.A., but currently operates only in Long Beach.

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COMPANY: Lyft Inc.

HEADQUARTERS: San Francisco

FOUNDED: 2012

NO. OF VEHICLES: 3,000 scooters in L.A.,

250 in Santa Monica

REVENUE: $776 million in first quarter 2019

STATUS: Lyft launched the scooter-sharing offshoot of its ride-hailing business in Santa Monica in September, shortly before competitor Uber rolled in. Lyft and Uber have since been outpaced by scooter-centric competitors Bird and Lime in terms of funding.

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COMPANY: Bird Rides Inc. (Bird)

HEADQUARTERS: Santa Monica

FOUNDED: 2017

NO. OF VEHICLES: 6,500 in L.A.,

750 in Santa Monica

FUNDING TO DATE: $718 million

REVENUE: NA

STATUS: Bird’s fleet of black-and-white escooters landed in L.A. in September. The company has funding from backers including Santa Monica-based Science Inc., Upfront Ventures, Anthem Venture Partners, Beverly Hills-based investors Bracket Capital and Sound Ventures. Bird is in the process of raising a $300 million Series C1 round, initially announced in June 2018.

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COMPANY: Wheels Labs Inc. (Wheels)

HEADQUARTERS: West Hollywood

FOUNDED: 2018

NO. OF VEHICLES: 3,000 in L.A.

FUNDING TO DATE: $42.8 million

REVENUE: NA

STATUS: A new entrant to L.A.’s dockless mobility scene, Wheels Labs Inc. has caught riders’ attention with its unique design. Wheels’ pedal-less ebikes landed in L.A. in March. The company was founded by Wag Labs Inc. co-founders and brothers Jonathan and Joshua Viner, and has raised $42.8 million to date, most recently in a January $37 million seed round.

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COMPANY: Skinny Labs Inc. (Spin)

HEADQUARTERS: San Francisco

FOUNDED: 2016

NO. OF VEHICLES: 10,500 in L.A.

FUNDING TO DATE: $28.1 million

REVENUE: NA

STATUS: Skinny Labs Inc. boasts a large fleet of black-and-orange scooters scattered across Los Angeles. An alumni of the Y Combinator startup incubator in Mountain View, the San Francisco-based company is backed by Exponent Ventures and Chief Executive Charles Cheever, both based in San Francisco. Spin was acquired by Ford Motor Co. subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility for $100 million in November 2018.

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