It’s been six weeks since Lime’s rentable electrical scooters arrived on Seattle’s streets, following a prolonged approval course of by town. In that point, Lime says the addition of scooters has boosted bike-share ridership, relieving considerations that the pilot program would undercut Seattle’s present micromobility companies.
Seattle was the primary large American metropolis to embrace dockless bike-share however lagged behind different areas when it got here to scooters. Seattle transportation officers had a spread of considerations about scooters, together with their potential to supplant town’s present bike-share program, which exploded in 2017 however then contracted down to 1 vendor within the years the adopted. However new information from Lime means that scooters could not erode bike ridership — and will truly bolster it.
Within the six weeks earlier than scooters launched in Seattle, e-bike ridership averaged about 1,843 riders per week, based on Lime. However within the six weeks after Lime launched scooters in Seattle, common weekly e-bike riders grew to 2,655.
Nevertheless — as with every thing in 2020 — the pattern is difficult by COVID-19. The six-week interval after scooters launched in Seattle in mid-September coincided with a dip in new daily coronavirus cases within the Seattle area. With some restrictions lifted, many Seattleites started shifting across the metropolis greater than they did earlier within the yr.
Nonetheless, there may be some extra information to help the speculation that offering a number of modes of transport will increase micromobility ridership general. Seattle is the one market the place Lime operated its JUMP bikes earlier than launching scooters however in different cities, the corporate has added e-bikes to present scooter fleets. In Washington D.C., Berlin, and Rome, Lime noticed scooter ridership enhance by about 2,000 common weekly rides after including JUMP bikes.
The ridership information lends weight to Lime’s technique of creating micromobility as handy as doable, slightly than edging out the competitors. The corporate is actively working so as to add different distributors to its app, even once they compete with Lime scooters and bikes.
In October, Lime announced plans to incorporate Wheels autos into its app in a number of cities, together with Seattle. Lime plans so as to add extra micromobility companies to its app going ahead.
“When Seattleites can choose between modes to fit their needs, it makes them more likely to make cycling and scooting a habit,” mentioned Jonathan Hopkins, Lime’s director of strategic improvement, in a press release. “It’s an exciting phenomenon we’ve seen in city after city: a multi-modal approach grows the number of users for each vehicle type, improves reliability and makes a car-free lifestyle easier.”
Lime was one of three companies selected to use for permits to function scooters in Seattle, together with LINK and Wheels. LINK deployed its first 150 scooters in Seattle final week and Wheels is anticipated to launch within the coming weeks.
Lime says it has offered greater than 51,000 rides in Seattle since launching scooters in September. Lime previously deployed scooters to the White Heart space, together with Spin, as a part of one other pilot program being run by King County.