Story at a glance:
- Lime is an electric moped service newly available in three New York City boroughs.
- Another existing moped service named Revel shares the same manufacturer.
- Lime is the cheaper of the two and focuses on safety features.
A new electric moped service has arrived in New York City, giving New Yorkers more options to navigate the city while public transportation remains limited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On April 30, Lime introduced its electric powered vehicles in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, launching with a test drive for journalists who attended a public show at its New York headquarter at the Brooklyn, East Williamsburg, Bklyner reported.
The service is already available in Washington, D.C. and Paris, France, but the company’s arrival in the Big Apple pits it against established moped service Revel, which sources its mopeds from the same manufacturer in China, NIU.
“We are so excited to bring this vision of a multi-modal transportation alternative to New York City,” Lime CEO Wayne Ting told Bklyner.
Both brands are available for a base pay of $1 and require drivers to be 21 and passengers to be 18, but Lime costs 39 cents per minute compared to 49 cents for its competitor.
The Lime app also requires users to scan their driver’s licenses and use facial recognition to verify their identities, emphasizing its safety features and ensuring drivers are responsible. The company has a partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, which mandates that drivers watch safety course videos accompanied by multiple-choice quizzes before driving.
Just like the Revel moped before it, Lime’s arrival to the city could not be more of an opportunity for expanding public transportation, which many New Yorkers of color depend on and has been limited since the pandemic.
It also helps that the electronic bikes leave less of a carbon footprint.
“Having transportation alternatives helps change the narrative that communities of color are not invested in reducing our carbon footprint, in being responsible and having an opportunity to access this new wave of technology,” Council member Robert Cornegy (D) said.
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