Lime rolls out 1,000 e-scooters in Rome
Posted: 4 June 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
After the first two weeks, the operating area will be expanded to reach further districts in the capital city.
Lime has announced that is to roll out 1.000 e-scooters in Rome. The e-scooters will initially be available in the historic centre, and in the Esquilino and San Giovanni districts.
Lime has been cooperating with the local Administration in order to ensure safety for all, both riders and non-riders. It will use cargo bikes to position and collect e-scooters in the city and will collaborate with local partners such as Corro.
The news comes a week after Helbiz announced the launch of Rome’s first ever e-scooter fleet.
Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome, said: “E-scooters represent a small revolution for our city as a sustainable mobility and technological innovation. By offering citizens and tourists greener and modern sharing services, Rome becomes a reference for investors. A way to restart and rethink our vision of a sustainable city.”
Alessio Raccagna, Lime Head of Public Policy in Italy, added: “Rome is a great historic city and we’re really excited to launch Lime here as we know there’s a real appetite for sustainable micromobility. Rome has already announced the construction of 150km of cycle paths, these initiatives are essential to encourage the development of our service and to allow our users to move safely.”
Benjamin Barnathan, Lime General Manager in Italy, said: “Lime scooters represent a convenient and smart way to rethink the city and we are happy to call Rome our new home. We know that over 50 per cent of Lime’s riders worldwide already trust Lime for their commutes and personal daily trips and we are proud to offer them more convenient options to move around.”
Pietro Calabrese, Councillor for the Moving City of Roma Capitale, commented: “We are witnessing important changes in the propensity of citizens to use light and eco-sustainable vehicles for their daily journeys. In this context, shared e-scooters represent one of the ideal means for ‘last mile’ mobility, an excellent solution for travelling short distances in addition to public transport for longer journeys.”