Electric scooters are back in Lincoln for good

courtesy: City of LNK

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Electric scooters are on the road again in Lincoln.

The city’s permanent scooter program launched Tuesday after a 16-month pilot program.

Lime deployed a fleet of its new scooters, featuring bigger wheels for a smoother ride, in Lincoln.

CEO Wayne Ting, who is from Lincoln, said it was a “proud day” for him.

“My time in Lincoln instilled in me the values of hard work and dedication that I carry with me to this day,” he said in a press release. “Lime will bring those same values to our service to the city now.”

More than 91,400 scooter trips were recorded during the pilot program, the city said. The average trip lasted 12 minutes and just under a mile.

“During the pilot program, 21% of electric scooter users indicated that an electric scooter trip replaced a car trip,” said Liz Elliott, director of the Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department. “This form of transportation is another step towards achieving our goal of building a decarbonized and efficient transportation system as a part of the Lincoln Climate Action Plan.”

To ride, you’ll have to download the Lime on your phone. It costs $1 to unlock a scooter and 34 cents a minute to ride.

The scooters are allowed in an area roughly bounded by Huntington Avenue, South Street, 48th Street and Southwest Second Street, the city said.

Do not ride on city trails, or on streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or higher.

Riders must be at least 18 and follow the rules of the road.

Even more scooters are on the way. Next spring, another company, Veo, will deploy up to 250 scooters in Lincoln.

For maps and information on the ScooterLNK program, visit lincoln.ne.gov/scooter or contact Roberto Partida of LTU at 402-440-7239 or at rpartida@lincoln.ne.gov.

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