E-scooter agency Lime plans to hurry up London manoeuvres after Paris ban

Lime goals to develop into three extra London boroughs, and likewise to open a brand new warehouse within the north of England’s capital metropolis.

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E-scooter and e-bike firm Lime is a £25 million (€23.08 million) London enlargement, following its ban from Paris. The ban adopted a referendum that dominated out a shared scheme for the French capital involving e-scooter firms.

The ban got here after an increase in complaints about scooter accidents, pavement litter and careless driving. The principle scooter firms affected had been Dott, Lime and Tier.

At current, Britain has additionally outlawed non-public scooter driving on public roads. Nevertheless, particular trial areas can be found throughout the nation for rental scooters. The scooters, which have velocity limits of 15.5 miles per hour, work by being unlocked and employed via an app.

At the moment, Lime scooters might be ridden in 16 London boroughs. The added funding is meant to finance the corporate’s plans to develop into three extra boroughs.

Lime has additionally revealed that it will likely be earmarking an additional £1 million (€1.17 million) to amass devoted parking areas. The corporate will even set up a brand new north London warehouse.

The additional funding will primarily be used to develop e-bike operations within the metropolis, the corporate stated. Lime additionally rents out cycles. 

No everyone seems to be happy with this mode of transport. Accidents brought on by scooters being ridden exterior the designated areas have been reported and unlawful non-public scooter driving stays a priority. 

Lime additionally revealed its 2023 bookings rose 32% to $616 million (€569 million), with the corporate additionally eyeing its residence territory, the US, for a possible inventory change itemizing.

May different cities additionally ban e-scooters?

Following the Paris ban, a number of riders and e-scooter firms have been on edge, questioning if different European cities would possibly observe swimsuit as effectively.

That is primarily on account of e-scooters having come underneath elevated fireplace just lately in lots of cities, for inflicting extra driving accidents, unlawful driving exterior of designated areas, in addition to elevated litter on pavements. Not solely is that this inconvenient for pedestrians, however there have additionally been experiences of accidents involving collisions with disabled individuals.

Rental scooter rides have additionally change into costlier lately, thereby eroding  practicality and ease of use.

Regardless of these objections, others are in opposition to legal guidelines trying to ban or prohibit the usage of shared scooters, arguing they contribute to decreasing air pollution and visitors via a fall in the usage of vehicles on the street.

Referring to the Paris ban, Helene Chartier, director of city planning at C40 was reported by TechCrunch as saying: “As a part of a mobility package deal that Paris would supply as a substitute for vehicles, shared e-scooters might have been an choice. With out all the different issues, they might have stated” ‘Okay why not?'”

“However in the event you add the accidents, in the event you add the issue of the general public house, sooner or later, you want to say this isn’t the primary answer. We should always make investments extra in bikes, e-bikes, strolling.”

Different cities together with San Francisco, Montreal, Honolulu and New York have already banned or severely restricted the usage of e-scooters for these very considerations.

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