Lime is adding e-mopeds to its fleet of e-bikes and e-scooters, which allow for two riders at a time and will provide two high-visibility helmets in the carrying case of every moped.
Lime is adding electric mopeds to its fleet of e-bikes and e-scooters and will launch pilot programmes in a number of cities this spring, kicking off in Paris and Washington DC.
The micro-mobility company said the e-moped will complement its e-bikes and e-scooters, being ideal for longer-distance trips between two- to five miles.
The Lime e-moped – manufactured by shared moped manufacturer Niu – is the first Lime vehicle to allow for two riders at a time. Lime will provide two high-visibility helmets in the carrying case of every moped, with varying sizes to meet the needs of riders and to provide for one passenger.
In its blog, Lime outlined its approach and investment in safety, recognising that the e-mopeds are heavier and faster vehicles. It consulted with experts, including the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), to design a multi-chapter rider safety e-course and a test that must be completed before anyone can begin a ride.
It is also providing a practice guide with MSF-designed exercises that riders can use on their own to refine their riding skills and prepare themselves for various traffic situations. The guide provides step-by-step directions and tips on critical skills such as turning and emergency braking.
“As micro-mobility offerings diversify, and shift from cycling lanes onto busy city streets, MSF is stepping forward. MSF wants all Lime riders to be safe and have fun. We encourage them to take full advantage of Lime’s training offerings, and to always wear helmets and other riding gear,” said Robert Gladden, VP of training operations for MSF. “We applaud Lime’s decision to include rider education and safety training in their new electric moped programme.”
From launch, it is also going to deploy what it claims is a first-of-its-kind technology for the industry: an infrared sensor in each helmet case to identify if a rider has removed the helmet from the case for use. “We’ve heard from officials in major cities that this was a priority, so we made it our priority to develop it,” noted Lime in its blog.
“We applaud Lime’s decision to include rider education and safety training in their new electric moped programme.”
To access Lime mopeds, riders must have a valid driver’s licence, and take a photo of themselves to ensure it matches the driver’s license photo. Before beginning a ride, riders must take a photo of themselves wearing a helmet, which must then be worn all times throughout a ride. Lime said it will take strict enforcement measures for repeat safety violators, including removal from the platform to avoid putting themselves and other road users at risk.
“The addition of electric mopeds to our fleet of e-bikes and e-scooters is another major step in our goal of ensuring access to affordable, carbon-free shared transportation in cities around the world” said Wayne Ting, CEO of Lime.
“We are a committed partner to over 60 cities in Europe and we continue to invest heavily in sustainable and safe product solutions municipalities and riders need. This is why we choose Paris as one of two cities in the world to pilot our e-moped service allowing riders to make longer trips than ever before using the Lime app, in a safe and clean way.
“As the first micro-mobility provider to offer three vehicles on one platform, we’re excited to help cities and riders get moving again with safe, sustainable, and socially-distant transportation to serve any urban journey.”
Lime’s mission is to replace car trips by giving people easy access to shared and clean transportation options, all in one app. Its multimodal offering has exclusive integration with the three urban transportation apps globally of Uber, Google Maps and CityMapper.
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