Another mode of transportation was added to the streets of Montreal this past summer as Lime electric scooters launched in specific boroughs on the island as part of a pilot project.
The fleets of battery-powered, app-activated scooters launched in August in Ville-Marie, Cote-des-Neiges-NDG, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, and Westmount and the test period will come to an end next week.
To avoid being littered across the city’s streets, Limes were meant to parked exclusively in designated parking zones, a rule that didn’t catch on with all of its users.
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Lime’s presence in Montreal, though popular, came with some fairly strict rules. Riders are required to wear helmets, be 18-years-old and older, and need a driver’s license or a learner’s permit to be able to rent the electric scooters, which top out at 20 km/h.
The battery-powered scooters are prohibited on sidewalks and on roads that exceed 50 km/h speed limits.
In an email with Chris Schafer, the Senior Director of Strategic Development for Lime Canada, Schafer told Daily Hive that Lime’s e-scooter pilot project will wrap up for the winter on Friday, November 15.
When asked about the prospect of Limes returning in 2020, Schafer shared that the company is “excited about how quickly Montrealers embraced electric scooters, adopting them into their commutes to help save time, while reducing car use and its impacts on the environment.”
At the time of this writing, the City of Montreal has yet to comment about whether Lime will officially return for a second season but Schafer seems optimistic.
“What we learned over our first few months in Montreal will help refine our operations as we work with the city on improving the scooter program going forward,” he concluded. “It’s clear Montrealers are eager for more transportation options and scooters can play a key role in supporting the public transit network with first and last kilometre solutions.”