MTAiQ meet with Lime, the ‘mircobolity’ revolutionists

Earlier this week MTAiQ attended the Future of Digital innovation festival where MTAiQ Community Manager Nathan Nguyen had the opportunity to explore the innovative potential of “microbility” services to solve some of the biggest problems confronting urban and suburban communities.

Uber backed start up, Lime has brought micro-mobility to Brisbane and gave MTAiQ a front row seat to the company revolutionising mobility in cities internationally by empowering residents with a faster, cheaper, and healthier transportation option that improves urban sustainability.

The micro-mobility company have launched their bright green Scooters in Brisbane, with the help of a special exemption from the Queensland Government.

Lime have acquired a temporary permit that will allow the roll out of up to 500 scooters Brisbane’s CBD, South Brisbane, West End, Fortitude Valley and surrounding suburbs.

The scooters can use footpaths, shared paths, separated paths and bicycle paths, must give way to pedestrians and travel on the left-most side, but not use the pedestrian-only side of a separated path and on-road bicycle lanes is especially not permitted.

Lime Asia Pacific head Jeff Roberts said there were almost 20,000 unique riders in Brisbane.

“It is fantastic to see our fleet being fully utilised by the Brisbane community and there is a high demand for us to expand our services beyond the inner-city,” he said.

The electric scooters are GPS enabled and can be unlocked by the Lime App. Lime Scooters can travel at speeds of up to 27km/h, with a maximum range of 48 kilometres, and can be left anywhere within a certain area.

The scooters cost $1 to unlock and 30 cents a minute. In just 2 weeks more than 50,000 trips have been taken on Lime scooters across Brisbane with a 251 per cent growth in daily.

Californian City Manager Aene Croce “Lime seems to be offering a win-win-win for cities: a very affordable bike share solution for users; the scalability and flexibility of a dock-less bike sharing solution; and a self-sustaining model requiring no public subsidy. They have the city-friendly and city-first approach needed to make these new systems work.” Says Californian City Manager Aene Croce.

As it stands, Brisbane is the 1st State in Australia to trial the Micro Mobility Solution with the other states to follow. The exemption trial for Lime Scooters are till the 31st of December 2018.

MTAiQ would like to Welcome Lime to Queensland, we are keenly aware of the “First and Last Mile” solution that micro mobility can solve, here’s to the future of mobility!

14 Dec 2018