The electronic scooter sharing company Lime is reactivating small fleets of scooters in a dozen cities and will offer free 30-minute trips to healthcare workers and law enforcement officials, the company announced. Its Lime Aid initiative aims to meet the essential needs of workers in transportation while distancing itself in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Micromobility plays a vital role in the seamless flow of people through cities, and as an individual form of transport, scooters can help fill a full transport gap at this important time,” said the company. in a press release. It will work with cities to determine the best locations for scooters. Lime said in the statement that the scooters are intended to be used only for essential travel, such as to the grocery store or doctor’s office, not for joyful driving or other purposes.
The company plans to launch Lime Aid in the first batch of cities, which includes Austin, Baltimore, Columbus, Dallas, Nashville, Norfolk, Virginia, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City and Washington D.C. in the United States; Berlin and Cologne in Germany; Paris, France; Rimini, Italy; and Tel Aviv, Israel. Lime says it will expand to other cities in the coming weeks.
Lime, the world’s largest electronic scooter sharing company with some 120,000 scooters in 30 countries, announced in March that it would suspend services in nearly two dozen countries. Last week, The edge learned that Lime was buying the assets of Boosted, a former electric skateboard company.