Micromobility Lime reactivates scooter fleets around the world and offers free rides for healthcare professionals
The coronavirus pandemic has had a notable impact on transportation. Lime's new project 'Lime Aids' aims to offer its scooters in select cities as an easy way for people to travel while social distancing. The company also offers free rides for healthcare professionals and law enforcement.
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, like several other micromobility companies, paused their fleet share operations as the coronavirus outbreak escalated earlier this year. Now, Lime has announced that it will roll out 'Lime Aid' in selected cities across the globe and reactive small fleets of scooters for those in need.
As a part of Lime's 'Lime Aid' project, the company will offer free 30-minute scooter rides for public-health workers and law enforcement officers, who simply have signing up to receive access.
In a statement, Lime wrote: "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."
The company plans to first begin Lime Aid in the below cities:
- Austin, TX, U.S.
- Baltimore, MD, U.S.
- Berlin, Germany
- Cologne, Germany
- Columbus, OH, U.S.
- Dallas, TX, U.S.
- Nashville, TN, U.S.
- Norfolk, VA, U.S.
- Oklahoma City, OK, U.S.
- Paris, France
- Rimini, Italy
- Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.
- Tel Aviv, Israel
- Washington, DC,
As Lime as it continues to formalize local partnerships with public health officials, community organizations, and other key stakeholders, 'Lime Aid' will continue to expand in the coming weeks.
David Spielfogel, Lime's Chief Policy Officer, said in a statement: "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."
David Spielfogel continued: "We remain committed to the cities we love and serve, and we recognize the critical role of micromobility in serving transportation needs now and as we emerge from this crisis."
Lime aims to work closely with cities
Lime will partner with cities to determine the best deployment locations to help essential workers and residents who face limited transportation options.
Moreover, Lime will 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 sanitizer, which is at least 60 percent 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 crucial travel only, such as the grocery store, pharmacy, or for healthcare purposes. No joyriding, and please follow your city's shelter-in-place orders.