Shared micromobility pilot expands

Published on June 03, 2021

A man and a woman operating a Lime e-scooter and an electric assist bicycle.

Lime offers electric assist bicycles and e-scooters

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City is expanding its shared e-scooter and bike share service pilot with micromobility partner Lime in Grand Rapids. The City’s pilot, which has been operating since September 2020 with shared e-scooters operated by Spin, is adding more e-scooters plus electric assist bicycles operated by Lime. The City’s pilot offers these vehicles for residents and visitors to rent in a 12 square-mile pilot service area including downtown and various neighborhoods and business districts. The pilot service area covers 74 percent of underserved neighborhoods in the City to provide more equitable access to shared micromobility and to evaluate how these services can contribute to Grand Rapids’ multi-modal transportation system. Lime will launch Friday, June 4 with a fleet of 150 electric assist bicycles and 300 e-scooters and scale up its fleet to as many as 750 e-assist bicycles and e-scooters to match demand.

Through the Lime app (Android and Apple), people can sign up to begin riding, access information on how to ride electric assist bicycles and e-scooters safely, and find the nearest designated parking zones and available Lime bicycles and scooters. The City has installed 175 Designated Parking Zones throughout the pilot service area where all e-scooters and bicycles operated by both Lime and Spin must be parked in between trips. City staff is currently adding more Designated Parking Zones for residents and visitors to pick-up and drop-off vehicles correctly and help maintain sidewalk accessibility, reduce clutter and improve convenience.

All shared micromobility vehicles –Lime electric assist bicycles and e-scooters and Spin e-scooters – are $1 to unlock plus 25 cents per minute. Like Spin, Lime also offers reduced rates for lower-income residents and non-smart phone options through its Lime Access program.

The City Commission approved $400,000 in August 2020 for an e-scooter and bike share pilot program. This pilot aligns with recommendations in the Equitable Economic Development and Mobility Strategic Plan. This five-year plan – created through a collaboration among the City’s Economic Development and Mobile GR departments and more than 100 community stakeholders – seeks to enhance mobility options, increase safety, and promote inclusive growth and access to the community. The pilot also advances recommendations in both the City’s  Strategic Plan and Bicycle Action Plan.

“Shared electric assist bicycles and e-scooters offer lower cost mobility options, especially for shorter distance trips,” said Justin Kimura, assistant director of the City’s Mobile GR department. “We are pleased to partner with Lime to expand transportation mobility options, and we continue to emphasize that users should exercise safe riding habits. This includes wearing a helmet for all rides, riding on the street and not the sidewalk, being aware of pedestrians and other vehicles, and never operating an e-scooter or bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Ensuring the safety of riders and other travelers is a priority, so the City and Lime want to remind everyone of key safety and program rules:

  • Always wear a helmet whenever riding a bicycle or scooter.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to use Lime and Spin e-scooters and e-assist bicycles.
  • Only one person per scooter or bicycle – no doubling up!
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk - use the roadway, bicycle lanes and trails and ride with (not against) the direction of traffic.
  • Never operate an e-scooter or bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Always Park the e-assist bicycles and e-scooters in Designated Parking Zones between trips – this improves safety and access for others by reducing sidewalk clutter and makes it easier to find these vehicles.

Local Lime staff will be offering virtual and in-person First Ride Academies in Grand Rapids where people can learn basic rules of the road, test ride an e-assist bicycle or e-scooter and pick up a helmet. Riders can also take the Lime Safe Quiz to learn more about safety rules and tips and have a chance to earn ride credits.

“Lime is thrilled to bring its shared electric assist bicycles and e-scooters to Grand Rapids to provide residents and visitors with affordable, accessible and sustainable ways to move around the city. Grand Rapids is making great progress toward 21st century transportation solutions that support safer and more equitable community access. We are honored to play our part helping the City meet these goals and look forward to ensuring our e-assist bicycles and e-scooters have the most positive impact possible,” said LeAaron Foley, Director of Government Relations at Lime.

Regarding environmental health and sanitization, Lime is disinfecting scooters every time they are collected and brought back to its work site for inspections and repairs. Lime encourages riders to wear masks, use a disinfectant wipe on the handlebars, wash their hands before and after riding, or wear gloves as an extra precaution.

 

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About Lime

Lime's mission is to realize a future for transportation that is shared, electric and carbon-free. As the world's leading provider of shared electric vehicles, Lime partners with cities to deploy electric-assist bicycles, e-scooters and mopeds to serve any trip under five miles. One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Companies in 2021, Lime has powered over 200 million rides in more than 150 cities across five continents, spurring a new generation of clean alternatives to car ownership. Learn more at li.me

 

About the City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids provides a full range of services to residents, students and visitors. Grand Rapids is a diverse and culturally rich community of nearly 200,000 residents located along the banks of the Grand River, 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. It is the second-largest city in Michigan and serves as the county seat of Kent County and the economic engine for the western part of the state. Grand Rapids has been recognized nationally for its quality of life and named one of the 25 best places to live in the U.S. It also has been touted among the best cities to start a career, raise a family and retire, among others. Stay connected with City news, events and information at: grandrapidsmi.usfacebook.com/CityofGrandRapids twitter.com/CityGrandRapids and instagram.com/citygrandrapids. 

 

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