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  #2305973 26-Aug-2019 10:46
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BlueShift:

Well, the Limes have been rolled out into Hamilton (at last). They've been on the roads since Friday and so far there's one broken leg and several underwater scooters.



To be expected until the novelty period wears off and everyone becomes more aware of them and users get more skill in riding them.

Has it settled down in other regions? It doesn't make the headlines anymore and the last time I was in Auckland CBd people seemed to be using them responsibly.

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  #2306017 26-Aug-2019 10:56
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BlueShift:

 

Well, the Limes have been rolled out into Hamilton (at last). They've been on the roads since Friday and so far there's one broken leg and several underwater scooters.

 



To be expected until the novelty period wears off and everyone becomes more aware of them and users get more skill in riding them.

Has it settled down in other regions? It doesn't make the headlines anymore and the last time I was in Auckland CBd people seemed to be using them responsibly.

 

They disappeared from Upper Hutt a few months back under the guise of "Winter Hibernation" but I suspect they'll not be returning.

 

 





 
 
 
 


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  #2311256 5-Sep-2019 14:47
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New York Times mentions Lime Scooters

Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters.

A year ago, electric rental scooters were hailed as the next big thing in transportation. But their troubles in San Diego show how the services have now hit growing pains.

SAN DIEGO — The first thing you notice in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is not the brick sidewalks, the rows of bars and the roving gaggles of bachelorette parties and conferencegoers, or even the actual gas lamps.

It’s the electric rental scooters. Hundreds are scattered around the sidewalks, clustered in newly painted corrals on the street and piled up in the gutters. In early July, one corner alone had 37. In the area around Mission Beach, one of the city’s main beaches, a single side of one block had 70. Most sat unused.

Since scooter rental companies like Bird, Lime, Razor, Lyft and Uber-owned Jump moved into San Diego last year, inflating the city’s scooter population to as many as 40,000 by some estimates, the vehicles have led to injuries, deaths, lawsuits and vandals. Regulators and local activists have pushed back against them. One company has even started collecting the vehicles to help keep the sidewalks clear.

“My constituents hate them pretty universally,” said Barbara Bry, a San Diego City Council member. She called for a moratorium on the scooters when they arrived, saying they clogged sidewalks and were a danger to pedestrians.

San Diego’s struggle to contain the havoc provides a glimpse of how reality has set in for scooter companies like Bird and Lime. Last year, the services were hailed as the next big thing in personal transportation. Investors poured money into the firms, valuing Bird at $2.3 billion and Lime at $2.4 billion and prompting an array of followers.

The scooter companies distribute their electric vehicles around cities and universities — often on sidewalks — and rent them by the minute via apps. At the end of a rental period, a rider leaves the scooter for the next customer to retrieve. Scooter speeds vary by company, model and city, as do helmet laws, although helmets generally are not required.

But now, skepticism about scooter services is rising. Some cities, including San Francisco, Paris, Atlanta and Portland, Ore., have imposed stricter regulations on scooter speed limits, parking or nighttime riding. Columbia, S.C., has temporarily banned them. New York recently passed legislation that would allow scooters to operate in some parts of New York City, but not in Manhattan.

Safety has become a big issue. A three-month study published in May from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Public Health and Transportation Departments of Austin, Tex., found that for every 100,000 scooter rides, 20 people were injured. Nearly half of the injuries were to the head; 15 percent of those showed evidence of traumatic brain injury.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/technology/san-diego-electric-scooters.html

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  #2362976 29-Nov-2019 15:21
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Auckland Council boots Lime e-scooters from city streets

 

They'll be replaced by other operators though.


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  #2362991 29-Nov-2019 15:42
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I'm not sure I can be bothered with all these apps for different scooters etc. 4 companies doing it? GTFO 2 was bad enough. I only ever installed lime and that was enough. 





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  #2363032 29-Nov-2019 16:34
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kingdragonfly: New York Times mentions Lime Scooters

Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters.

A year ago, electric rental scooters were hailed as the next big thing in transportation. But their troubles in San Diego show how the services have now hit growing pains.

 

I spent a week in San Diego in October 2018 which was a couple of months after the launch there. Things were simple insane - every block would have multiple scooters sitting on it, and in that week another company actually launched there. I took a 25 min walk one day from my hotel to the conference I was attending and stopped counting accurately at around 300 scooters, and would have passed around 500!

 

 


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