There are many examples of companies installing or placing their products on public sidewalks in order to make money. Scooters are in the news right now, but there are many other examples like bike sharing, newspaper boxes, and payphones. Are there any regulations that restrict what a company can put on a sidewalk? Do they have to pay any fees for the privilege, or are they just allowed to put as many things on the sidewalk as they like? For example, does the newspaper have to get permission to put a dispenser on the sidewalk?
Right now, it doesn’t seem like there is any restriction on scooters. The scooter companies are putting them wherever they think they’ll be profitable. What’s to stop all the scooter companies from clogging the sidewalks of profitable areas with scooters? The same with newspaper boxes. Some places have like 6-10 newspaper boxes. Are those companies getting permission or paying fees for installing their equipment on a sidewalk?