Whether New Yorkers are ready for them or not, e-scooters may be coming to the streets of the Big Apple.
That’s why Lime, an e-scooter and e-bike company, hosted a two-day pop-up event in New York on Jan. 25 and 26. The “Lime-S Winter Warmer Pop-Up” in midtown Manhattan gave people a chance to ride a scooter (indoors and with a helmet). Lime rolled out an updated model, the Lime 3.0 Scooter, for the event. Created for a city like New York, the new scooter has bigger wheels, two different ways to brake, a “mountain bike suspension system” and a screen that lets riders know how fast they’re going, as well as other information like whether the scooter is parked well.
Lime already has a presence in New York, but only with its dockless e-bike system, which rolled out in the Rockaways and Staten Island in July. According to Lime, the program has already seen more than 200,000 rides and 50,000 riders. Lime’s next move is bringing e-scooters to New York, a possibility with several bills currently pending in the city council. The New York City Council’s transportation committee spent Jan. 23 at a hearing debating the bills, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is open to giving New York localities the option to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters, according to his annual budget plan.
That’s partly why Lime’s pop-up happened—the company wants to show New Yorkers what it’s like before they arrive on their streets. At least, that’s what Gil Kazimirov, general manager at Lime, said in this video.
“For us, New York City is one of the most exciting targets for a program like Lime and the reason for that is you have a hugely dense city but with many areas that don’t have good access to transportation,” he said.