Lime adding electric scooters to its transportation options in Columbus – News – The Columbus Dispatch

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Two weeks after Bird motorized scooters appeared on Columbus sidewalks and corners, Lime plans to unveil its electric scooters here on Sunday.

Lime plans to drop them off in Clintonville, Linden and the South Side, where Lime already has bicycles. It also intends to plant its scooters Downtown, said Todd O’Boyle, Lime’s director of strategic development.

O’Boyle said he didn’t know how large Lime’s scooter fleet will be in Columbus, but called it “a significant deployment so we can cover the city.”

Lime will operate the dockless scooters much the same as Bird. An app unlocks the scooter, which costs $1 to unlock it and 15 cents a minute after that. Lime teams will pick up the scooters at the end of the day for recharging. The scooters go up to 15 mph.

Bird introduced its scooters to Columbus and Bexley on June 11. Many quickly took to them, riding them on streets, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Columbus has no regulations dealing with the scooters. Bexley authorities immediately pulled them off the streets over safety concerns and because officials do not believe people can ride them in the street under local and state code.

Bird and Lime have run into problems in some other cities. The Beverly Hills, California, City Council this week implemented a six-month ban on dockless scooters, saying they were a safety concern and that there was “a lack of advanced planning and outreach by the motorized scooter companies,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In Baltimore, Bird dropped off 60 scooters without warning. Officials there are telling riders that they are riding the scooters at their own risk, according to the Baltimore Sun.

And in Louisville, Kentucky, the city this month pulled Bird scooters from the street while the company worked out an operating agreement with city officials, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Lime has already introduced scooters in 20 markets, including San Diego; Washington, D.C.; Dallas; Austin, Texas; and Santa Monica, California.

Lime introduced its dock-free bicycles to Columbus on June 4. Customers spend $1 for a 30-minute ride.

 

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