Lime reactivates scooter fleets around the world
Posted: 16 April 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The pandemic has had a notable impact on transportation, and Lime aims to offer its scooters in select cities as an easy way for people to travel while social distancing.
Lime has announced that it will be rolling out ‘Lime Aid’ in select cities around the world and reactivating small fleets of scooters for those in need. Lime will also offer free 30-minute scooter rides for public-health workers and law enforcement officers, who can receive access simply by signing up.
“Micromobility plays a critical role in moving people seamlessly through cities, and as an individual form of transportation, scooters can help fill an integral transportation gap at this important time,” Lime wrote in a statement.
The company plans to first begin Lime Aid in the below cities and expand in the coming weeks as it continues to formalise local partnerships with public health officials, community organisations and other key stakeholders:
“Lime is proud to partner with cities to provide scooters as an essential transportation option to reliably get frontline workers and residents where they need to go,” said David Spielfogel, Lime’s Chief Policy Officer. “We remain committed to the cities we love and serve, and we recognise the critical role of micromobility in serving transportation needs now and as we emerge from this crisis.”
Lime will partner with cities to determine the best deployment locations to help essential workers and residents who face limited transportation options.
Lime will also provide in-app reminders of its “THRIVE” health and safety best practices, including:
- Take precautions – inspect the scooter to make sure the wheels, brakes, throttle, lights, and frame are all in good working condition
- Hands – wash your hands or use hand sanitiser which is at least 60 per cent alcohol-based when you arrive at your final destination. Wear gloves when you can
- Ride Solo for safety and social distancing; maintain a distance of at least six feet from others
- Identify bike lanes and be aware of traffic lights and signs
- Vigilance – remain alert of your surroundings and potential road and safety hazards
- Essential rides only – scooter rides are for essential travel only, such as the grocery store, pharmacy or for healthcare purposes. No joyriding, and please follow your city’s shelter-in-place orders.